2021-22 Fantasy Hockey Week 6 Planner

by Matt Johnson
2021-22 Fantasy Hockey Week 6 Planner

Time to stay ahead of the curve with your 2021-22 Fantasy Hockey Week 6 Planner!

Hard to top a week where the beleaguered Jack Eichel was finally shipped off. I don't see any storylines worth highlighting above the usual comings and goings of the league.

Let's just jump right into some of those moments.

Week 5 Recap

Kevin Fiala showed signs of life on Wednesday with a goal and two assists game while accumulating four shots. He was due for an uptick. While ice time is down a bit, he's been seen on line-2 centered by Joel Eriksson-Ek, which is an upgrade.

Hopefully, you were able to snag Evan Bouchard. He continues to put up decent shots, decent peripherals, pacing at (.5) ppg, and 4th highest TOI behind only Darnell Nurse, Leon Draisaitl, and Connor Mcdavid. No surprises there. Check to see if he's still on the waiver wire.

Anthony Duclair had a slight cooldown, but I'm still holding on to him with his deployment. Consistent (2) shots a game, point upside, playing with Aleksander Barkov.

While over in Florida, Frank Vatrano has had 18 shots in the last five games, squeaking two goals into the net. Might be worth a look in deeper leagues.

I should also hold myself accountable for the weaker calls. Pavel Zacha was a good-not-great option going through the week. New Jersey exploded on Spencer Knight Wednesday and he did manage a goal and some moderate peripherals, but nothing to brag about.

EDIT:  Thursday night he did manage a secondary assist. So that's nice!

Andrew Mangiapane and Dillon Dube were serviceable in deeper leagues, Kale Clague was pretty quiet with one assist at the time of writing this. But we weren't expecting too much anyway.

Without further ado, here are this week's looks!

2021-22 FANTASY HOCKEY WEEK 6 PLANNER: FILIP THE SWITCH

TOP TARGETS

FILIP HRONEK, D, DETROIT RED WINGS (21% ROSTERED)

OPPONENTS: @CBJ @DAL, @VGK, @ARI

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With Moritz Seider arriving, Filip Hronek has become the black sheep. But he shouldn't be! Not that he's been off the wall, but he's easily a steady category coverage player.

He and Seider have been getting very similar deployment, with Hronek picking up a hair more SHTOI (1:59 vs 1:42) and a bit less PPTOI (2:16 vs 3:10). Call a spade a spade, there is a reason Seider is more highly rostered. He has nine assists and five of them are secondary, so a bit of luck can be attributed there.

I digress, this isn't supposed to be a matchup of who to bench and who to roster. Hronek is giving you a bit less than two blocks a game, an eyelash under a hit a game, and plenty of PIM's (18 in 11 GP).

I like their upcoming week. An early back-to-back against the Jackets and Stars, then a ride into the weekend in Vegas before capping it off with the 'Yotes.

ANTHONY CIRELLI, C/RW, TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING (31% ROSTERED)

OPPONENTS: NYI, @PHI, NJD, MIN
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I'll keep this brief so we can try spending more time on other people. I'm not sure how his ownership hasn't bumped up yet. Over his last five games, he's had two goals, three assists, and just shy of seven shots and blocks. What more does he need to do?

Cirelli is getting all the time he can handle and plenty of looks on the powerplay. He's largely playing beside Brayden Point and Alex Killorn. These are the back-to-back champs for a reason. Grab Cirelli now and sell him before powerhouse Nikita Kucherov comes back and takes back his slot.

Lastly, Tampa has one of the better schedules this week. Three home games, two after off days. Get him while the getting is good!

ALEX EDLER, D, LOS ANGELES KINGS (4% ROSTERED)

OPPONENTS: WSH, CAR, ARI
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Anyone under a ~5% ownership is usually a deep league play. But I think you might find him useful right now in any league that leans towards the bangers or even more easily in a cats league.

As a Vancouverite, it pains me to talk about him on a divisional rival, but I'm glad he's still doing his thing. Edler has 13 blocks and 10 hits in four games. Those numbers are skewed since one game alone he had eight hits but the fact is he's throwing that feeble body around.

The magic won't last long, The kings are still missing Sean Walker and Drew Doughty so they are leaning on Edler.  Tread lightly though, an injury is always around the corner.

Keeping with L.A., both Alex Iafallo (55%) and Adrian Kempe (22%)  are on a bit of a tear right now. Regression is due (Kempe especially with three goals on eight shots in four games) but it's worth riding the lightning. Kyle highlights Iafallo in his latest stock watch if you want some more depth than what I gave you.

OLIVER KYLINGTON, D, CALGARY FLAMES (7% ROSTERED)

OPPONENTS: @PHI, @BUF, @NYI, @BOS

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I've been ignoring him for a while. I think we all know it's not sustainable. Does someone want to tell me what's going on in cow town?

He's been hitting on categories across the board, spending a lot of his time with Chris Tanev. He's getting no powerplay minutes but plugging away at about (.6) PPG. His advanced stats all look fine.

His P/60 is high, which makes sense, but his on-ice shooting is in the norm, as well as his PDO. Where we are seeing a spike is in the secondary assist rate, which is the luckiest point you can land. That rate will drop and he will drop eventually too.

The Flames road trip this week might be grueling, but he will get more opportunities to keep them afloat against the opposition.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

SHAYNE GOSTISBEHERE, D, ARIZONA COYOTES (22%)

He's still doing it. Even as the 'Yotes continue to be a dumpster fire (yes, that includes Jakob Chychrun, just start scoring!) he is still plugging away. There is bound to be a change, but grab him while the train keeps running.

MARCUS FOLIGNO, LW/RW, MINNESOTA WILD (40%)

Minny has a decent schedule. Marcus is just doing Foligno-esque things all over the place. This season he has 32 PIM's, 35 hits, 18 shots, and on a 57-point pace. What's not to like?

BARCLAY GOODROW, C/LW/RW, NEW YORK RANGERS (6%)

He's been throwing the body around as well, and more recently getting points. His ice time is middling at best, but he's in a shutdown role so expect him to continue to throw hits and blocks with minor point upside.

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GOALIES

The Islanders have a bizarre schedule that includes two back-to-back games at the beginning and end of the week. So both Ilya Sorokin and Semyon Varlamov are going to be all but guaranteed two starts each. As a Sorokin owner, it might be worth going to see if a Varlamov owner is weakening on him and would be looking to move him. Handcuffing this tandem has to be a win this year.

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Let's stay in the Empire State here for a bit. Rangers have four games next week, back-to-back at the end. Chances are they may give Alexandar Georgiev one of the games at the beginning of the week to warm him up, then have him guard the cage against the Senators. The Rangers have been up and down, but if their offense stabilizes Georgiev could be looking at a couple of wins.

Keep an eye on the situation in Washington. Vitek Vanecek had a maintenance day after being banged up in Buffalo. Rookie goaltender Zach Fucale was called up and became the Capitals first goaltender to get a shutout in his debut game. Congratulations! Worth noting, this shutout came against the Detroit Red Wings who have been on fire recently, making it all the more impressive.

SCHEDULE BREAKDOWN

This week's breakdown only has three teams with two games in the week. So to beef up the planning, for those of you in daily leagues, here is a list of teams with at least two off days as well.

TEAMS WITH OFF DAYS

TEAMMONWEDFRISUN
CHICAGO
COLORADO
LOS ANGELES
NEW YORK ISLES.
SEATTLE
TAMPA BAY
VANCOUVER
WASHINGTON

TEAMS WITH FOUR GAMES

TEAMMONTUESWEDTHURSFRISATSUN
ARIZONA@STLCBJDET@LAK
CALGARY@PHI@BUF@NYI@BOS
DETROIT@CBJ@DAL@VGK@ARI
MINNESOTASJSDAL@FLA@TBL
NEW YORK ISL.@TBL@FLACGYTOR
NEW YORK RANG.MTL@TOR@OTTBUF
TAMPA BAYNYI@PHINJDMIN
TORONTONSHNYRPIT@NYI
WASHINGTON@ANA@LAK@SJS@SEA

TEAMS WITH TWO GAMES

TEAMMONTUESWEDTHURSFRISATSUN
ANAHEIMWSHCAR
BOSTON@PHICGU
COLORADO@VAN@SEA

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