Fantasy NHL: Under-owned waiver wire players for week of March 26

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BUFFALO, NY – MARCH 21: Antti Raanta #32 of the Arizona Coyotes makes a pad save in front of Ryan O’Reilly #90 of the Buffalo Sabres and Kevin Connauton #44 during an NHL game on March 21, 2018 at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York. Arizona won, 4-1. (Photo by Rob Marczynski/NHLI via Getty Images) /


Antti Raanta (Arizona Coyotes – 34.1 percent owned)

The Coyotes started the year very, very badly. An 11-game losing streak put to rest any notion that the Coyotes would be ready for the big time this year after an aggressive summer that saw them pick up veterans in anticipation of competing this year.

As the year wore on though, a funny thing happened, the Coyotes began to gel and the futile losing streak was forgotten, they began to get offense from a few players who were not contributing and to get the type of defense that they expected from the veterans brought in to play that role.

Antti Raanta was brought in to be the goalie of the future and present for Arizona, a highly regarded backup in New York and Chicago he was unspectacular to start the year, but has now won five of his last six games and carried a very impressive .953 save percentage over that span.

With the Coyotes surging, Raanta has gone from a poison pill to a not-quite must-start, a tremendous turnaround for the big Finn and the Coyotes.

James Reimer (Florida Panthers – 13.7 percent owned)

Roberto Luongo has been great for the Florida Panthers this year. Problem is, at 37 years of age, Bobby Lou just can’t seem to stay healthy for long periods in 2018. Enter James Reimer.

With the Panthers trying to climb their way into the last playoff spot in the East, Reimer will now have to shoulder the load for the foreseeable future as Luongo is out for an indefinite amount of time with an upper-body injury. Reimer should be up to the task though as he has won his last four games for the Cats with a .963 save percentage.

That is the kind of play that is going to be needed in Florida if the Panthers are going to catch any of their rivals and find their way in. The injury opens a door for Reimer and fantasy owners that seems to have a great potential to pay off.