Fantasy Hockey Weekly Planner: Feb. 18-24

by Daniel Dobish on February 15, 2013 @ 15:19:43 PDT

 

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Montreal Canadiens

Left wing Max Pacioretty has been disappointing for fantasy owners, and he hasn't really bitten the competition, pun totally intended. He has no goals through nine games with six assists and a minus-2 rating. He should be reserved in all leagues until he re-discovers his scoring touch. Center Tomas Plekanec (6 G, 5 A) and defenseman Andrei Markov (4 G, 6 A) continue to shine.

Must start: Rene Bourque, Raphael Diaz, Andrei Markov, Tomas Plekanec, Carey Price

Nashville Predators

The Predators have been one of the lowest scoring teams in the league, making goaltenders Chris Mason and Pekka Rinne work harder for wins. Rinne has already managed three shutouts in 12 games, and one has to wonder where this team would be without him. Rinne has a 1.61 GAA and Mason has a 1.45 GAA, making him valuable in daily play when his number is called.

Must start: Rich Clune (PIM leagues), Martin Erat, Chris Mason (daily leagues) Pekka Rinne, Colin Wilson

New Jersey Devils

The Devils have been one of the top teams in the league, but it seems they do not get nearly the same amount of love as their brethren across the Hudson River, the New York Rangers. Left wing Patrik Elias (3 G, 12 A, plus-7) has re-emerged as a dominant fantasy force, and right wing Ilya Kovalchuk continues to shine. Right wing David Clarkson leads this club with nine goals, and he has a mean streak with 21 PIM through 13 games.

Must start: Martin Brodeur, David Clarkson, Patrik Elias, Andy Greene, Ilya Kovalchuk

Ottawa Senators

The Sens lost defenseman Erik Karlsson (Achilles') for a while after he suffered a lacerated left Achilles' tendon in Wednesday's game. He will need surgery, joining center Jason Spezza (back) on the shelf. Karlsson is expected to be sidelined three to four months, so dropping him is certainly warranted in non-keeper pools. The news isn't all bad, as left wing Milan Michalek (knee) might be back as soon as Monday.

Must start: Daniel Alfredsson, Craig Anderson, Kyle Turris

Philadelphia Flyers

Right wing Matt Read has been leading this team in scoring for the past couple of weeks, but right wing Jakub Voracek (3 G, 7 A) has risen to the top with two goals and five points over his past four games. Some owners had been getting impatient with Voracek, and rightly so with the condensed schedule. However, this is why you stick it out and simply reserve guys like Voracek rather than drop them.

Must start: Ilya Bryzgalov, Claude Giroux, Brayden Schenn, Luke Schenn (leagues which reward hits), Wayne Simmonds, Kimmo Timonen, Jakub Voracek

Tampa Bay Lightning

The Bolts have been very disappointing lately in the win-loss column, as neither goaltender Mathieu Garon or Anders Lindback have offered much of anything to fantasy owners. Lindback has five wins, but he also has a terrible 2.94 GAA and a marginal .903 save percentage in 10 games (nine starts). The revival of center Vincent Lecavalier has been amazing, as he has performed at better than a point-per-game clip through 13 games.

Must start: Cory Conacher, Victor Hedman, Vincent Lecavalier, Teddy Purcell, Martin St. Louis, Steven Stamkos

Toronto Maple Leafs

Goaltender James Reimer (knee) is dealing with a strained medial collateral ligament in his knee, so goaltender Ben Scrivens will step in and try to hold down the fort with youngster Jussi Rynnas as the backup backstop. Right wing Matt Frattin (knee) is also out at least seven days due to a knee ailment, so reserve him in all pools.

Must start: Nazem Kadri, Phil Kessel, Dion Phaneuf (PIM leagues), James van Riemsdyk

Vancouver Canucks

The Sedin Twins have been good, but not great. Did you know right wing Zack Kassian actually leads this team in goals with five? Still, left wing Daniel Sedin (3 G, 7 A) leads the team in points, and center Henrik Sedin has no goals and eight assists while tying for a team high with a plus-7 rating. Goaltender Roberto Luongo continues to help himself, going 4-0-2 with a 1.45 GAA, one shutout and a sparkling .943 save percentage in seven games (six starts).

Must start: Alexander Edler, Roberto Luongo, Mason Raymond, Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin

Winnipeg Jets

Center Evander Kane has really tailed off lately, failing to score a goal in seven straight games dating back to his game-winning marker Jan. 27 against the Islanders. He has just three assists with a minus-4 rating since the last goal, but don't do anything foolish. He remains a must-start in all fantasy leagues, especially in those formats which reward hits. Defenseman Tobias Enstrom leads this team with 13 points.

Must start: Tobias Enstrom, Evander Kane, Andrew Ladd, Blake Wheeler

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About Daniel Dobish

Daniel is a Hot Off the Wire Analyst who joined the KFFL staff in 2010. He is a veteran of the fantasy industry dating back to 1999, with stops at CBSSports.com, The Sports Forecaster, OPENSports.com and RotoExperts.com. His work has also appeared on NFL.com and Yahoo.com. Daniel was named the 2011 Fantasy Golf Writer of the Year, 2011 Fantasy Racing Writer of the Year, and he was nominated for the 2011 Fantasy Hockey Writer of the Year. Daniel lives in North Carolina with his wife and two sons.


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