9 fantasy moves you need to make before Week 14

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Stats are as of Thursday, Jan. 12; advanced stats courtesy of Corsica.Hockey.

Don't leave Maroon stranded

Edmonton Oilers LW Patrick Maroon is still owned in under 50 percent of fantasy leagues. He has 17 goals and 24 points on the season, with just three of those points having come on the power play. He's been riding a high 17.2 shooting percentage, which has ballooned to 25.0 in January. He's atop the first line with the Oilers' two best players in Cs Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. He'll continue to have good chances.

Leave Ryan Hartman for daily fantasy, for now

Hartman has broken out in January, scoring four goals and adding two assists to raise his season totals to 10 goals and nine assists. He has totaled 17 shots on goal in his past four games and has registered at least one SOG in all but one game this month. He's still playing on just the third line at 5v5 and doesn't see any power-play time. He hasn't topped 15:12 of ice time this month, which is unlikely to bring consistency to his game.

Keep your Flyers

The Flyers top-five skaters in C Claude Giroux, RW Wayne Simmonds, LW/RW Jakub Voracek, D Shayne Gostisbehere, and C/LW Brayden Schenn are well owned and for very good reasons. Fringe fantasy assets such as Ds Ivan Provorov, Radko Gudas, and Mark Streit are all worthy of holds during Philadelphia's "bye week" in Week 14. The team will play a weekend double header against the New Jersey Devils and New York Islanders.

Move van Riemsdyk

Toronto Maple Leafs LW James van Riemsdyk is on pace for his single-month high in points, having accumulated two goals and seven assists through just five January games. The production has been coming despite significantly less ice time than he has seen in any other month this year. The diminishing role will eventually curb his production totals. Move him before the Leafs do.

Artturi Lehkonen putting fantasy owners on notice

As injuries ravage the Montreal Canadiens, their 21-year-old rookie has been a primary beneficiary. He is locked in beside C Tomas Plekanec on the current second line. The pass-first center has helped the winger score three goals in six games this month, as he has multiple SOG in all but one game. His ice time is rather variable, but he's a strong low-cost daily fantasy option.

Get Wild

The Minnesota Wild have the league's most appealing schedule for Week 14, as they'll play four home games, against the New Jersey Devils, Arizona Coyotes, Anaheim Ducks, and Nashville Predators. The final two games of the week will be a double header. If debating between two free agents to add for the coming week, side with whichever one plays home games in Minnesota.

Start your daily lineups with John Gibson

January has been Gibson's best month of the season, as he has picked up two shutouts through six starts and stopped at least 30 shots in four of the six. The Ducks have a 5-1 record in his starts. They'll play road games against the Tampa Bay Lightning and Wild with a home date against the Colorado Avalanche in the middle of the week. He'll be a top option each time out.

Cory Schneider's season's about to get back on track

Schneider has returned to his early-season form, after posting save percentages below .900 in both November and December. He has allowed 10 goals in six games this month, but has a record of just 2-2-2. He'll need more goal support but the strong save percentage is a good foundation for fantasy contributions.

Investigate Craig Anderson

Ottawa Senators G Craig Anderson is finally nearing a return from his personal leave. Given his personal situation, he'll remain at risk of missing further extended stretches for the remainder of the season, but he has been among the league's best when active this season.

Owners needing to make up ground in save percentage or goals against average in rotisserie leagues could take the risk and examine low-cost trade scenarios for the possibility of elite numbers..