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2021 Fantasy Hockey Week 12 Planner 

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Welcome to the 2021 Fantasy Hockey Week 12 Planner!

Easter is here, meaning the fantasy hockey playoffs are just around the corner.

Whether you need to bunny hop a few places in the standings in an attempt to crack the playoffs, or if you’re looking to keep in playoff contention, we’ve got you covered.

Planning ahead is always essential when it comes to fantasy hockey, and you should always be on the hunt for Easter eggs left on the waiver wire.

With the 2021 Fantasy Hockey Week 12 Planner, we’ll look at all the variables that go into a week of fantasy hockey—from scheduling and postponements to the hot commodities that could have an effect on your fantasy squad.

2021 Fantasy Hockey Week 12 Planner

Weekly Streaming MVP

Joonas Donskoi, LW/RW, Colorado Avalanche (56% Rostered)

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Colorado’s third line has been producing like a top line, thanks to Joonas Donskoi.

The 28-year-old Finn has been producing at a monumental pace lately, despite being blanked by the St. Louis Blues in the past two games. Although he was unable to put up points against the Blues in the past two games, he’s more than made up for it in the past two weeks.

Donskoi became the fastest player in Colorado Avalanche history to score three goals in a game last Wednesday. It only took the winger 7:31 to achieve the feat. He also added an assist and six shots in the contest, cementing himself as the top waiver pickup in fantasy hockey.

As a result, Donksoi’s ownership across Yahoo increased from 28% to above 56%.

This wasn’t a one-off for Donskoi, who has scored 15 points in the 10 games prior to the two-game series with the Blues.

He’s worth a pickup if he’s still on your waiver wire.

Honorable Mention:

  • Martin Jones, G, San Jose Sharks (42% Rostered)
  • Frank Vatrano, LW/RW, Florida Panthers (19% Rostered)
  • Jordan Eberle, RW, New York Islanders (25% Rostered)

Last Week’s MVP

  • Phil Kessel, RW, Arizona Coyotes (48% Rostered)

Scheduled Starts

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Most

  • Boston Bruins: 5 games

Least

  • Vancouver Canucks: 2 games

It should be noted that 16 teams have 4 games scheduled for Week 12 and that the Canucks’ games are still up in the air because of the recent COVID outbreak that has ripped through the team.

🚨 Postponement Alert 🚨

April 5:

  • Bruins at Flyers: Rescheduled to April 10

April 6:

  • Canucks at Jets: New date TBD

April 9:

  • Devils at Sabres: Rescheduled to Feb. 25

April 10:

  • Bruins at Capitals: Rescheduled to April 11

April 11:

  • Wild at Blues: Rescheduled to April 10

Teams to Target

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Carolina Hurricanes

Notable Players:

  • Sebastian Aho
  • Petr Mrazek
  • Dougie Hamilton

The Carolina Hurricanes are already one of the best teams in the league. With goaltender Petr Mrazek back and firing on all cylinders, they’ll be within striking distance of the top spot in the competitive Central Division. Three points behind the Florida Panthers for the No.1 position, the Canes have two games in hand.

The Hurricanes are 29.1% on the power play, which is first in the NHL. Second place is the Edmonton Oilers at 26.4%.

The Canes have had power-play production from their usual suspects, but also employ a long cast of players that bolster their man advantage. Fantasy owners should look to defensemen Jake Bean and Brett Pesce who have five and four PPP’s respectively.

Boston Bruins

Notable Players:

  • Brad Marchand
  • Patrice Bergeron
  • David Pastrnak

Because of multiple schedule changes, the Boston Bruins find themselves busy in Week 12. This helps fantasy owners of Bruins players.

Of course, David Pastrnak, Brad Marchand, and Patrice Bergeron are always fantasy studs, but with multiple injuries and a heavy schedule, there’s room for breakout success down the depth chart.

Craig Smith (8% Rostered) has been skating with both Marchand and Bergeron, accumulating five assists in the last three games. He’s poised to be a breakout candidate with a five-game slate ahead of him.

Teams to Avoid

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Vancouver Canucks

Notable Players

  • Brock Boeser
  • J.T. Miller
  • Quinn Hughes

The Vancouver Canucks were already having a tough time keeping up in the offensively gifted North Division, but add in some injuries to key players and a particularly troublesome bout with COVID has worsened their situation.

Currently the Canucks are scheduled for two games against the Flames this week but it’s unlikely those games will be played, given the severity of the situation.

Don’t bother picking up any Canucks players for Week 12. Perhaps their situation will get better next week, but don’t count on it.

Philadelphia Flyers

  • Sean Couturier
  • Travis Konecny
  • Claude Giroux

Just when you think it can’t get any worse for Philadelphia, the bar gets set even lower.

With the statistically worst goalie tandem in the NHL through the month of March, Philadelphia should be poised to do better.

Cue the Buffalo Sabres.

The Sabres were on a historically bad run, losing 18-straight games. They tied the 2003-04 Penguins for the longest losing streak in league history until the Flyers came to town. Philly lost to the Sabres 6-1 ending the dubious streak.

The Flyers players are radioactive for fantasy owners at the moment. Those looking to make waves in their fantasy leagues should steer clear of the Flyers.

Trade Announcements

Hinostroza to the Blackhawks

Forward, Vinnie Hinostroza was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks by the Florida Panthers for prospect Brad Morrison.

While the swap in forwards isn’t going to make for colossal fantasy implications on either side,  Hinostroza has the best possibility of increased value.

The 27-year-old is back on the Hawks, where he previously played three seasons, scoring 39 points in 106 games. Hinostroza was the odd-man-out in Florida, where he failed to become a pivotal piece in a highly gifted offensive corps.



He’s not worth picking up yet but could shoulder more responsibility within a new role in Chicago.


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About Tyler Mulligan

Sports Journalist from Toronto, Canada. Fantasy hockey, basketball and football aficionado.

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