Difference makers down the stretch in fantasy hockey

Carl Hagelin is a nice option for those who need a boost on their fantasy team for the duration of the season. Daniel Bartel/Icon Sportswire

For fantasy players, the most exciting portion of the NHL season is here. It's time to battle for playoff spots or look to solidify the best possible postseason position.

With the trade deadline having passed in most leagues, the only way to make a move is on the waiver wire. The difference between making a title run and sitting out the playoffs could be finding a player who's about to heat up, or dropping one who's set to go ice cold.

So let's have a look at some of the best bets for the final month of the season, with a handful of players to pick up, and a handful of players to consider dropping or benching.