This article is part of our NHL Waiver Wire series.
While it's been quiet on the trade front, injury returnees have added to waiver-wire talent of late. Last week, Cam Atkinson popped up as a potential grab, and now Nino Niederreiter is back to his scoring ways.
One trick to make sure you're not missing out on talented free agents is to sort your waiver-wire lists by preseason rankings or projections. You might also unearth a struggling scorer in the beginning stages of a rebound stretch.
Here's the schedule for the next scoring period, Feb. 12-18:
Two games: Bruins, Stars, Blues
Four games: Coyotes, Hurricanes, Blackhawks, Blue Jackets, Red Wings, Oilers,
Panthers, Devils, Rangers, Penguins, Lightning, Maple Leafs
All other teams play three games
It's important to keep an eye on who is cut in your leagues since potential upgrades come in all forms. Also, remember to check the players previously covered in this space listed below.
Kyle Palmieri, NJD (Yahoo: 44%, ESPN: 50%, CBS: 63%): The winger has collected three goals, three assists, three multi-point showings and 13 shots through his past four outings. Palmieri has topped 25 goals and 50 points in consecutive seasons, so his offensive track record has legs. Additionally, he's locked into a top-six role with power-play time on the No. 1 unit.
Nino Niederreiter, MIN (Yahoo: 38%, ESPN: 48%, CBS: 63%): Injuries have limited Niederreiter to 34 games this season, but he scored last time out, and is now three contests removed from a lower-body injury. The 23-year-old winger has collected