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Fantasy Hockey Week 19 Rundown: Best Waiver Pickups & Injury Update

Mark gives his take on the best waiver pickups, teams to stream, and more heading into the next week of the fantasy hockey season.

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - FEBRUARY 6: Andrei Kuzmenko #96 of the Calgary Flames warms up prior to a game against the Boston Bruins at the TD Garden on February 6, 2024 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Rich Gagnon/Getty Images)

We are finally back to a normal NHL schedule after the All-Star Break. The next few weeks will make or break your fantasy hockey team as we get closer to the playoffs. February is typically the month when NHL teams position themselves for a playoff run and we find out who will be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline. The waiver wire will be sparse, but let us see if we can find a few streaming options this week.

Injuries to Watch
  • Jack Eichel, VGK
  • Valeri Nichushkin, COL
  • Connor Bedard, CHI
  • Mason McTavish, ANA
  • Patrik Laine, CLS
  • Alex Killorn, ANA
  • Dougie Hamilton, NJ
  • Shea Theodore, VGK
  • Mikhail Sergachev, TB
  • Jake Sanderson, OTT
  • Justin Faulk, STL

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Daily Game Breakdown

We are back to a normal NHL schedule, with Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday having the most games.

  • Monday: 4
  • Tuesday: 11
  • Wednesday: 3
  • Thursday: 12
  • Friday: 1
  • Saturday: 13
  • Sunday: 3
Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire Week 19

We only have three teams playing four games this week, but the good news is almost everyone is playing three games, so streaming players should be a bit easier. The teams with four games are:

  • New Jersey Devils
  • Arizona Coyotes
  • Los Angeles Kings
W Andrei Kuzmenko, Calgary

Kuzmenko scored a goal in each of his first two games with Calgary, and he played at least 14 minutes in all three games. He was immediately placed on the first line and first power play. He should be available on most waiver wires, but if you have him in a deep league, you may want to try and trade him now as his hot start may cool down.

C/LW Quinton Byfield, Los Angeles

Byfield has been a steady light on a very dim team. Even during the Kings’ recent slide, he has five points in five games, with 2 goals and an assist in his last game. With LA playing four games this week, he is a great streaming option.

W Lucas Raymond, Detroit

Raymond was heating up before the break, and in his first game back he looked like the fastest player on the ice. He has been promoted to the top line and power play with Dylan Larkin, and is on pace to have the highest point season of his young career.

G Jonathan Quick, New York Rangers 

Igor Shesterkin is struggling this year with a 3.25 GAA and .863 save percentage over his last 10 outings. Over the same period, Quick has a 1.98 GAA and a .925 save percentage across six games. Quick may become the Rangers’ preferred option at some point soon.