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Forwards for Free: Tyler Kennedy on the move

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Today we help your fantasy front line, and we do it for free. Working the waiver is a never-ending pursuit, gamer.

Tyler Kennedy(notes) (14 percent): He's been one of the Penguins that's actually earned his check over the last month, posting six goals and a whopping 52 shots in that juncture. His sharp hockey sense and nifty wrist shot make him a good fit for the power play, and we also appreciate the dual position eligibility (center, left wing). The extra opportunity is agreeing with him.

Brad Boyes(notes) (34 percent): He needed a change of scenery in the worst way, and so far the shift to Buffalo has worked nicely: Boyes is centering the first line and has four points over the last four games. Remember the peak here – this is someone that popped in 76 goals over a two-year stretch in St. Louis back from 2007-2009. We're not asking for a long-term hitch, just a strong final month with a new club.

Martin Erat(notes) (10 percent): The savvy vet has been on the mark in the second half of the year (5-10-15 over his last 16 starts), and you'll want to look long and hard at Nashville options for the stretch run. The Predators have the most home-loaded schedule remaining, playing 12 of their final 16 in friendly confines. Erat's been more decisive with the puck of late, firing 39 shots over this scoring binge.

P.A. Parenteau(notes) (9 percent): The better Islanders have been criminally underowned this year, as if the fantasy public doesn't want to react to the fact that the team has played much better over the last couple of months. Parenteau is locked in on the first line, clicking well with John Tavares(notes) and Matt Moulson(notes); over the last month, PAP's given us 10 points, 35 shots and a plus-four rating. Be open minded on the Island.

Tomas Holmstrom(notes) (44 percent): Ever the pest, six of Holmstrom's last seven points have come on the power play, where he parks himself in the crease and makes a nuisance of himself to the opposing goalie and defense. The schedule plays nice for the Red Wings over the next nine days – five games, with three of them at home. Holmstrom's the king of the garbage goal, but they look pretty when they apply to your stat sheet.

Benoit Pouliot(notes) (5 percent): The ideal goon-point grab is someone who can do something with the puck as well as with his fists and elbows. Pouliot won't be mistaken for Guy Lafleur anytime soon, but he's collected five points and 25 shots over the last month, along with a tidy plus-four rating. Grab him for a spot start now and again, then discard him when you need to get back to normal activities.

Jakub Voracek(notes) (48 percent): He had an up-and-down road trip; go ahead and laugh about The Two Jakes. But Voracek has decent chemistry with Rick Nash(notes), he posted four points in his last two starts, and the Blue Jackets play four of their next five at home. Columbus players still fly under the radar; most of their top scorers are discounted by about 10 percent. If you want a cheaper scorer on the same club, consider rookie Matt Calvert(notes).

Max Pacioretty(notes) (14 percent): His seasonal numbers don't look like much, but here's all you need to know: he's got eight goals in his last 16 starts and he's on Montreal's top line, skating with playmaker supreme Scott Gomez(notes) and creative forward Brian Gionta(notes). There's also a first-round pedigree with Mad Max; he was the 22nd overall pick in 2007. His ownership number should double, if not triple, between now and the end of the year.

Radim Vrbata(notes) (21 percent): The well-traveled right wing doesn't grab your name from the jump, but the Coyotes are giving him Top 6 treatment and power-play time, and if nothing else he's shooting the biscuit plenty (63 shots in the second half, along with a respectable 6-6-12 line). You generally won't use Vrbata on a heavy slate with most teams are in play, but consider him when Phoenix takes to the ice on a slower night (say this Sunday against Anaheim).

Olli Jokinen(notes) (50 percent): Everyone has their favorite gag on The Joker, but numbers are numbers and the enigmatic centerman is filling the sheet these days. We've seen six multiple-point efforts over Jokinen's last month, and he was the best player on the ice in Friday's win over Columbus (1-1-2, eight shots). Calgary's second line (Jokinen, Curtis Glencross(notes) and Rene Bourque(notes)) can sneak up on you.

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Kennedy image courtesy US Presswire

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