Welcome back! Who is ready for the 2022-23 Fantasy Hockey Week 17 Weekly Planner?
As we move into February, we are met with a number of teams resting on a bye week. We will see some teams that only play once during the week, while a few others won't play at all. Are there any games that we have to look forward to this week?
We are in for a playoff matchup from last season that went to Game 7, and the two teams just so happen to have the best records in hockey. The Bruins will travel to Carolina to take on the Hurricanes, where the Canes will look to see if they can even up the season series at one win a piece.
Week 17 also features a matchup of two "Tank for Bedard" hopefuls when the Arizona Coyotes meet up with the Anaheim Ducks. These two teams sit in 29th and 30th place in the standings, and losing games can be very valuable for both franchises. Winning this year's draft lottery can help you lock up the generational talent that is 17-year-old Connor Bedard. Who can be the best at being the worst? These two teams are here to find out.
Shall we get into the final week before the NHL All-Star Game? I think so. Here we go with the 2022-23 Fantasy Hockey Week 17 Weekly Planner.
2022-23 Fantasy Hockey Week 17 Weekly Planner
January 28, 2022 - February 3, 2022
Carter Verhaeghe, Left Wing, Florida Panthers (65% Rostered)
Carter Verhaeghe up to 23 goals on the season, will likely shatter his previous high of 24 in 78 games last season.
— NHL Watcher (@NHL_Watcher) January 24, 2023
The Florida Panthers may not be living up to expectations following last season's domination, but Carter Verhaeghe is! Verhaeghe hit 55 points last season over 78 games played, yet he is already at 41 points through 49 games this season.
The 27-year-old has secured his spot amongst the team's top six forwards, playing lately with top players Sam Bennett and Matthew Tkachuk. Look for Verhaeghe to continue his point streak through Week 17 as he brings a streak of six goals and two assists over the last six games.
Owen Power, Defense, Buffalo Sabres (49% Rostered)
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The Buffalo Sabres may not be a defensive juggernaut, but they certainly know how to score. Owen Power has been contributing from the back end, while also doing what he can on defense. The 20-year-old rookie has found the score sheet in four straight games (three goals and one assist) and is second on the team in time on ice per game.
Given his increased powerplay minutes and offensive success, look for Power if you need some help to bolster your defensive core.
Brady Skjei, Defense, Carolina Hurricanes (41% Rostered)
Offense has never been Brady Skjei's strength, but 2022-2023 has shown us that he is very capable of finding the back of the net. Skjei has registered 22 points so far through 46 games while passing his career-high of 10 goals. You will also find him on the Cane's top powerplay unit, so look for the points to continue adding up. A great value addition if you can find him among your leagues' free agents.
David Krejci, Center, Boston Bruins (36% Rostered)
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Returning to the NHL after a one-year absence has certainly been beneficial for David Krejci and the Bruins as a whole. The 36-year-old has been the anchor for the team's second line and has found a lot of success playing alongside his Czech countrymen David Pastrnak and Pavel Zacha.
Krejci has added one goal and nine assists over his last six games to his season total of 12 goals and 28 assists. With the B's success, look for the Czech mates to continue their dominance.
Auston Matthews, Center, Toronto Maple Leafs
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Just as Auston Matthews looked to be playing the best hockey of the 2022-2023 season, he has been ruled out of action for at least three weeks. Matthews has been putting up points at a rapid pace, recording seven goals and four assists over nine games in 2023. This injury occurring now with the All-Star Game coming up along with a bye week may be the best-case scenario for the Leafs, who hope to have their star center back as soon as possible.
Cole Caufield, Right Wing, Montreal Canadiens
Since we last spoke, we lost one of the top young stars to the season-ending injury list. Canadiens' top goal scorer Cole Caufield has been ruled out for the remainder of the 2022-2023 season after undergoing shoulder surgery.
Caufield had separated his shoulder once on December 23rd vs. Dallas and again on January 12th vs. Nashville before getting shut down for the year. The 22-year-old was on pace for almost 50 goals in just his second full season in the league, and we are excited for him to take another step next season.
Matty Beniers, Center, Seattle Kraken
Matty Beniers, the Calder Trophy front-runner, is out for a minimum of two games after taking a big hit on Wednesday night from Tyler Myers. Like Matthew, the timing of this injury may be beneficial as the Kraken has a back-to-back followed by nine days off with the All-Star Game and the bye week.
Kraken coach Dave Hakstol didn't provide any further information on whether he expects Beniers in the lineup after the break, but we hope to see him out there as quickly as possible.
Frederik Andersen, Goalie, Carolina Hurricanes
Frederik Andersen has had great success throughout his NHL career, but one thing that he can't seem to escape is the injury bug. Andersen had previously missed 29 games this season due to a lower-body injury and looks to be out once again.
Freddie exited Wednesday's game during the first period, and the team is unsure how long he will be out at this time. He was rolling so far this season, carrying an impressive 1.75 GAA and .942 save percentage, so we hope to see Andersen between the pipes again soon.
Team Worth Watching This Week
The second-best record in the league. A team riding a four-game winning streak into Week 17. This week's team worth watching is without a doubt the Carolina Hurricanes.
Week 17 sees the Canes playing more games than most teams in the league, as they have three contests while most of the league will be sitting in place on the bye week. Who is the only team that plays the same amount of games as them? The Boston Bruins, who they will see this week. This game will also be on night two of a back-to-back for the B's. Can the Hurricanes make a push for the league leaders?
In addition to the Bruins, the Hurricanes will be taking on the Kings at home and the Sabres on the road. LA and Buffalo are both known for their goal-scoring and lack of defense. These wind up being beneficial matchups for Carolina, so Week 17 looks to be an important one!
Week 17 Most Games
Boston Bruins (3) - @FLA, @CAR, @TOR
Carolina Hurricanes (3) – BOS, LAK, @BUF
Week 17 Fewest Games
Anaheim Ducks (1) – ARI
Arizona Coyotes (1) - @ANA
Chicago Blackhawks (1) - @EDM
Colorado Avalanche (1) – STL
Edmonton Oilers (1) – CHI
Florida Panthers (1) – BOS
Minnesota Wild (1) – BUF
New York Islanders (1) – VGK
Philadelphia Flyers (1) - @WPG
Pittsburgh Penguins (1) – SJS
San Jose Sharks (1) - @PIT
Seattle Kraken (1) – CBJ
Tampa Bay Lightning (1) – LAK
Vegas Golden Knights (1) - @NYI
Week 17 Bye Week
Calgary Flames– No Games
Dallas Stars – No Games
Detroit Red Wings – No Games
Nashville Predators – No Games
New Jersey Devils – No Games
New York Rangers - No Games
Vancouver Canucks - No Games
Week 17 Back-To-Back Tracker
Boston Bruins - 01/28 @FLA & 01/29 @CAR
Carolina Hurricanes - 01/31 LAK & 02/01 @BUF
Columbus Blue Jackets - 01/27 @VAN & 01/28 @SEA
Florida Panthers - 01/27 LAK & 01/28 BOS
Los Angeles Kings - 01/27 @FLA & 01/28 @TBL
New York Islanders - 01/27 DET & 01/28 VGK
San Jose Sharks - 01/27 @CAR & 10/28 PIT
Seattle Kraken - 01/27 CGY & 01/28 CBJ
Vegas Golden Knights - 01/27 @NYR & 01/28 @NYI
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