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Load up on Sharks this com­ing week as they’ll be play­ing a lot more than most ... Can vet­eran Hawks team re-ig­nite Du­clair? ... Busy fin­ish for Pan­thers De­fence­men the past two weeks With fan­tasy rat­ing out of 5

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Ras­mus Ris­to­lainen BUF 1-4-5, Even, 19 PIMs, 2 PPP Jordan Oesterle CHI 2-4-6, plus-5, 12 blocks John Carl­son WAS 2-5-7, plus-2, 3 PPP Ivan Provorov PHIL 3-2-5, plus-3 Mark Gior­dano CAL 2-4-6, plus-5 ----Oliver Ek­man-Lars­son 0-0-0, mi­nus-8 Nick Leddy NYI 0-2-2, mi­nus-8 Kevin Shat­tenkirk 0-1-1, mi­nus-2 Alec Martinez LA 0-1-1, mi­nus-4 ARZ NYR


The NHL’s manda­tory five­day hia­tus for each team is, not sur­pris­ingly, play­ing havoc with the sched­ule and the fan­tasy world. In year­long ro­tis­serie-style leagues, it doen’t re­ally mat­ter as ev­ery team winds up at 82 games. But in head-to-head for­mats, it can — and will — se­verely al­ter the play­ing field. This past week saw 13 teams play­ing just one game while four skated out for four. This com­ing week, five teams — the Flames, Black­hawks, Jack­ets, Oil­ers and Wild — are on the one-game sched­ule while the Sharks play five times in just seven days. So, if you’re des­per­ate for a win, you can load up on the

Timo Meier, Kevin likes of La­banc Chris Tier­ney, and

Bren­den Dil­lon or de­fence­men Justin Braun,

and all of whom are less than 10% owned. You can even check on the avail­abil­ity of solid

Aaron Dell backup (32%) who should get, at worst, two starts. You have to fig­ure any of the above Sharks skaters are bound to pro­duce bet­ter stats in five games (ex­cept for plus-mi­nus) than any­one on the sin­gle-game teams with the ex­cep­tion of the mar­quee play­ers and, with that heavy sched­ule await­ing them, should take reg­u­lar shifts.

Speak­ing of the Sharks, just no­ticed that, as of Satur­day morn­ing, they had no skater in the top 100 over­all

Joe Pavel­ski player rank­ings. is tops on San Jose, sit­ting

Brent Burns at No. 111, 118. For a team that has a long his­tory of turn­ing out valu­able fan­tasy pieces, that’s some­what un­usual. n

He’s 22 and al­ready two teams have deemed winger Anthony Du­clair

ex­pend­able and shipped him else­where. So, you won­der if things will be any dif­fer­ent in Chicago, where he was dealt this past week by the Coy­otes for for­ward

Richard Panik. Du­clair, a third-round pick in 2013 who starred for Canada at the world ju­nior tour­ney two years later, hasn’t been any where close to his 20-24-44 rookie scor­ing line since be­ing traded to Ari­zona from the Rangers three years ago. Still, there’s al­ways that chance some­thing clicks in for Du­clair. Per­haps more of a vet­eran el­e­ment around him on the Black­hawks will do it. He wouldn’t be the first to put on Chicago jer­sey n and sud­denly start pro­duc­ing. His Hawks de­but on Fri­day night against Win­nipeg went well enough. He skated 11-plus min­utes on the third

David Kampf line with and Alex DeBrin­cat,

earned an as­sist and fin­ished plus-2 in a 2-1 vic­tory. Panik, mean­while, was one of those recla­ma­tion sur­prises af­ter be­ing picked up from the Leafs, scor­ing 22 goals and 44 points as a top­sixer last sea­son. But, with just six goals, he had been re­duced to a fourth-liner be­fore the trade. Even if Panik was play­ing over his head with Chicago’s stars for­wards, he’s prob­a­bly good enough to take on more power-play re­spon­si­bil­i­ties on the young Coy­otes. So his own­ers might want to hang on for now to see how they de­ploy him. But give him a short leash.

Amus­ing num­bers to come out of the Black­hawks’ 8-2 thump­ing of the Sen­a­tors in Ottawa on Tues­day night: Patrick Kane

fin­ished with a five-point night but was still

Nick a mi­nus-1. Line­mate Sch­maltz

was a mi­nus-2, even with scor­ing twice and adding an as­sist. Chicago was 4-for-9 on the power-play. n

That post­poned game be­tween Florida and Bos­ton will be played on Sun­day April 8, which will make it the fi­nal match of the reg­u­lar sched­ule. For the Pan­thers, it will make eight games in their fi­nal 12 days. n (an­kle) will be out an­other two weeks … Roberto Luongo and are eye­ing re­turns early next month … Nieder­re­iter (an­kle) hopes to be back in a week … Bobby Ryan is back out with, you guessed it, an­other hand in­jury. What is he wear­ing out there, gar­den­ing gloves?

WATCH Daniel Sprong RW, Pen­guins


This year, skat­ing on Sid Crosby’s line is no guar­an­tee of pro­duc­tion, but the Dutch-born 2015 sec­ond-rounder is 2-1-3 (all in one out­ing) with 18 shots on goal in five games on the top unit. With 18 goals in the AHL be­fore his New Year’s Eve recall and 117 more in what worked out to be three full sea­sons in the Q, the of­fen­sive skillset is def­i­nitely there.

Travis Der­mott D, Maple Leafs


He’s played two NHL games and al­ready is be­ing tabbed by some as the Leafs’ fourth-best D-man. For­mer sec­ond-rounder’s as­sets are his great wheels, ex­cel­lent hockey sense and a low panic thresh­old that should serve him well on a Mike Bab­cock team.

Vin­nie Hi­nas­troza RW, Black­hawks


A sixth-round pick in 2012, he’s gone two games with­out a point but prior to that was 2-6-8 in his pre­vi­ous half dozen out­ings, play­ing with Jonathan Toews and Bran­don Saad. He has no his­tory as a pro­lific of­fen­sive force, so his nine points in 14 games may be an un­re­li­able barom­e­ter of what to ex­pect.

Sta­tis­tics do not in­clude n Satur­day’s games


Sharks’ bot­tom-six for­wards Chris Tier­ney (left) and Timo Meier could be worth adding this com­ing week if only be­cause they’ll be play­ing five times to some other play­ers’ once.

Filip Fors­berg Nino

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