2021 Fantasy Hockey Week 15 Planner 

by Tyler Mulligan
2021 Fantasy Hockey Week 15 Planner

Welcome to the 2021 Fantasy Hockey Week 15 Planner!

If you’re reading this, you’ve likely made it to your fantasy hockey championship. 

To be a fantasy finalist in 2021 is widely different than in previous years, as the ever-changing landscape of the sports world has bled into the fantasy realm. COVID-19, postponements, and schedule changes have headlined the weirdest hockey season to date.

To deal with the craziness that is the 2021 NHL season, fantasy owners have had to (and still need to) actively play the waiver wire to give your team the best shot at victory. While making adds and drops are simple enough, having the background information of each team and player is vital.

How many games do they play? What injuries or depth chart changes will affect my players? Which stat categories make the most sense to target with my roster decisions?

All of these questions are important to consider when planning for fantasy success from a week-to-week basis. 

With the 2021 Fantasy Hockey Week 15 Planner, we’ll answer these questions in an attempt to set your fantasy team up for success. At this point in the season, success could mean hardware, a championship, and of course, ammunition for the offseason, as hurling insults and chirps to your opponents from the top of the summit is always the power position you should strive to be in.

2021 Fantasy Hockey Week 15 Planner

Weekly Streaming MVP

Anthony Duclair, LW/RW, Florida Panthers (26% Rostered)

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Anthony Duclair has been reaping the benefits of the Florida Panthers’ trade deadline moves. By acquiring Sam Bennett from Calgary Flames, the Panthers were forced to spread their talent throughout their lineup. Bennett’s inclusion on the second line contributed to their success, primarily for Anthony Duclair, who joins Jonathan Huberdeau on Bennett’s wing.

Duclair has been red hot as of late. Last week, the 25-year-old made his mark on the stat sheet, registering six assists and a +8 rating in four games. Duclair’s speed and aggressive temperament also led to a highly coveted shorthanded point in a 4-3 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes this past Saturday.

A lot of Duclair’s success can be attributed to the chemistry he shares with his new linemates. Duclair, Huberdeau, and Bennett have been one of the most explosive lines in the NHL. According to MoneyPuck.com, the trio holds the third-best expected goals for percentage (xGF%) for offensive lines that have played over 50 minutes of ice time together, with a 72.3% rate.

For those less inclined to the world of advanced hockey analytics, xGF% uses shot quality as a benchmark to determine which team is expected to score more goals while a certain player or line is on the ice by looking at the difference between expected goals for and expected goals against.

In other words, the Duclair line has been dominant.

Duclair scored two goals and added seven helpers over the past seven games and fantasy owners looking for a high-ceiling performer should target the speedy winger ahead of Week 15.

Honorable Mention:

  • Matt Murray, G, Ottawa Senators (23% Rostered)
  • Jean-Gabriel Pageau, C, New York Islanders (44% Rostered)
  • Sam Bennett, C/LW/RW, Florida Panthers (44% Rostered)

Last Week’s MVP

  • Sam Bennett, C/LW/RW, Florida Panthers (44% Rostered)

Scheduled Starts

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Most

  • Anaheim Ducks: 4 games
  • Arizona Coyotes: 4 games
  • Carolina Hurricanes: 4 games
  • Colorado Avalanche: 4 games
  • Dallas Stars: 4 games
  • Detroit Red Wings: 4 games
  • Edmonton Oilers: 4 games
  • Florida Panthers: 4 games
  • Los Angeles Kings: 4 games
  • Montreal Canadiens: 4 games
  • San Jose Sharks: 4 games
  • St. Louis Blues: 4 games
  • Tampa Bay Lightning: 4 games
  • Vancouver Canucks: 4 games

Least

  • Columbus Blue Jackets: 2 games

? Postponement Alert ? 

April 26:

  • Blues at Wild: Rescheduled to April 29
  • Avalanche at Golden Knights: Rescheduled to May 10

April 27:

  • Capitals at Flyers: Rescheduled to March 7
  • Islanders at Devils: Rescheduled to March 14

April 29:

  • Stars at Predators: Rescheduled to April 11

April 30:

  • Canucks at Maple Leafs: Rescheduled to April 29
  • Wild at Blues: Rescheduled to May 12

May 1:

  • Wild at Blues: Rescheduled to May 13

Teams to Target 

Vegas Golden Knights

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Notable Players:

  • Mark Stone
  • Max Pacioretty
  • Shea Theodore

The Vegas Golden Knights are officially the NHL’s hottest team as they’ve won their last nine games. With four points in hand, Vegas sits atop the highly competitive West Division, holding a four-point lead over the Colorado Avalanche.

During their dominating streak, Vegas has averaged 4.44 goals per game. Expect their dynamic offense to continue to flourish.

Vegas will host Colorado on Wednesday in an extremely important tilt that has large playoff implications. The winner of this meeting could very well determine who will come away as the top seed in the West Division.

Vegas also plays the Arizona Coyotes twice in Week 15. Vegas is currently leading the Coyotes with a 5-1 season record.

If fantasy owners are looking for solid offensive value from the Golden Knights, William Karlsson (56% Rostered), Alex Tuch (50% Rostered) and Chandler Stephenson (26% Rostered) are all viable fantasy options.

Los Angeles Kings

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Notable Players:

  • Anze Kopitar
  • Drew Doughty
  • Dustin Brown

While the Los Angeles Kings aren’t Stanley Cup contenders, they do have a favorable schedule in Week 15. 

Playing the Anaheim Ducks four times should play to their advantage as the Kings have won their last two meetings against the Ducks. 

The Ducks have struggled throughout the season and currently hold the league’s worst goal differential with -51. Scoring on Anaheim shouldn’t be a problem for the Kings.

The Kings’ top goal scorer, Dustin Brown (51% Rostered) should be on your watch list. The veteran winger has quietly become L.A.’s top offensive weapon outside of Anze Kopitar and could have a big week with a cupcake schedule.

In the crease, goaltender Calvin Petersen has emerged as the Kings’ top goaltender and should carry the load on at least two of the four games next week.

Teams to Avoid

Columbus Blue Jackets

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Notable Players:

  • Patrik Laine
  • Oliver Bjorkstrand
  • Cam Atkinson

Man games—the amount of players a team has playing during a given week— becomes one of the most important factors at this stage in the fantasy season. Throughout the season, it’s a good idea to factor in the number of games played, but a team’s performance, as well as individual player’s performances, should take precedence. But under the circumstances, with a championship on the line, fantasy owners should value the volume of games played.

The Columbus Blue Jackets, who have just two games scheduled for Week 15 should be avoided by fantasy owners.

Not only do they have the lightest schedule in the league, but they’ve also been awful down the stretch of the season. Losing their last nine contests, the Blue Jackets have the worst record in the Central Division (15-25-10).

Fantasy owners should be targeting players from just about any other team for their championship run.

Dallas Stars

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Notable Players:

  • Jamie Benn
  • Joe Pavelski
  • Roope Hintz

The Dallas Stars have had a rollercoaster of a campaign.

Entering the 2021 season as last year’s Stanley Cup Finalist, the Stars were immediately impacted by COVID-19 and as a result, forced to start their year later than any other team. 

Then, with an already busy schedule, Texas experienced the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history when a snowstorm ripped through the state, causing blackouts throughout the state. Subsequently, more postponements were necessary.

As a result, the Stars played have fewer rest days between games. When you add in injury woes, it’s no surprise that they’re currently on the outside looking in with regards to the playoff race.

With all that being said, the Stars enter Week 15 just two points out of a playoff spot—a feat, given the circumstances, in itself.

The upcoming week will be a tough one for Dallas as they start with a back-to-back against the surging Carolina Hurricanes. Carolina currently leads the stacked Central Division and looks to be the top seed come playoff time.

Following their series with the Hurricanes, Dallas will take defending champs, Tampa Bay Lightning, before facing off against the Nashville Predators who have been hot as of late.

These tough matchups, paired with the fatigue from a packed schedule, should be enough for fantasy owners to steer clear of the Stars.


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