2022-23 Fantasy Hockey Week 18 Weekly Planner

by Michael Proctor
2022-23 Fantasy Hockey Week 18 Weekly Planner

Welcome to the NHL All-Star break! Welcome back to the 2022-23 Fantasy Hockey Week 18 Weekly Planner.

We kick off the new week with all of our favorite players in Florida participating in some festivities and getting some rest. Monday will bring the return of NHL action, and the beginning of the second half of the season! The playoff picture is taking shape, and we have a tight race for the two Wild Card spots in each conference.

Shall we get into the second half? I think so. It's now time for the 2022-23 Fantasy Hockey Week 18 Weekly Planner!

2022-23 Fantasy Hockey Week 18 Weekly Planner

January 4, 2022 - February 10, 2022

Top Targets

Matthew Boldy, Left Wing/Right Wing, Minnesota Wild (76% Rostered)

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An unsung hero for the Minnesota Wild this season has been the play of second-year forward Matthew Boldy. Boldy has found some valuable minutes for the Wild this season, while also being included in the team's top powerplay line.

The 21-year-old is fourth on the team in points, including seven (four goals and three assists) over his last five games. In those same five games, he has produced 22 shots on goal. Look for Boldy if you are in need of some added offense on your fantasy team.

Filip Chytil, Center/Right Wing, New York Rangers (26% Rostered)

The New York Rangers' "Kid Line" provides a spark to the lineup every time they're on the ice, and this makes a guy like Filip Chytil valuable when playing fantasy hockey.

Chytil is consistently finding the back of the net as of late, registering four goals in his last three games. He's also registering some shots on goal every game, and the team is rewarding him with powerplay minutes. Recent games have seen the "Kid Line" provide the most success for the team, so look to grab a piece of it while you can!

Jake Sanderson, Defense, Ottawa Senators (30% Rostered)

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The Senators bring a four-game winning streak into Week 18, and a player like Jake Sanderson will help them navigate their way into a playoff position. Sanderson has solidified himself as a valuable #2 defenseman behind Thomas Chabot, and the rookie has found a way to contribute on both sides of the ice.

The 20-year-old has 20 points in the first half while taking 84 shots on goal and blocking 86 shots. In terms of fantasy hockey, Jake Sanderson is one player that will help you offensively and defensively.

Adam Henrique, Center/Left Wing, Anaheim Ducks (15% Rostered)

The Ducks have been shifting their team to the future, but they are still finding success from players that have been around for a while. Adam Henrique joined the Ducks in 2017 and has remained one of the key pieces of the offense since. Even this season, you'll find the 31-year-old third in points playing alongside young stars Trevor Zegras and Troy Terry.

Henrique has one more season of control and could his name in trade rumors leading up to this year's Trade Deadline. We would recommend keeping an eye on the veteran in the next month or so, as there will be teams looking to add a player like Henrique for the playoffs.

Injury Alerts

Tage Thompson, Center/Right Wing, Buffalo Sabres

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The 2022-2023 season has had a number of storylines, but Tage Thompson's leap into superstardom may be at the top. Unfortunately for hockey fans everywhere, we may be without Tage for a little bit.

After being questionable for Monday's game with an upper body, Thompson would exit the game after playing only 11:16 of ice time. The team hasn't announced if the exit is related to the upper body injury he previously had, but the timing of the injury may benefit the team. The team now enters the All-Star break and their bye week, so hopefully, Thompson is back in action when the team next hits the ice.

Mark Stone, Right Wing, Vegas Golden Knights

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While his injury didn't occur in the last week, it was announced that Vegas Golden Knights' captain Mark Stone would remain out for the season. Stone exited the game on January 12th with an upper-body injury, and did undergo back surgery on Wednesday. It'll be the 30-year-old's second back surgery within the calendar year, which is a large cause for concern.
We hope that Stone has a strong recovery and is healthy as quickly as possible.

Cam Talbot, Goalie, Ottawa Senators

Wednesday night saw the Ottawa Senators lose their top goalie, as Cam Talbot was pulled from the game after suffering a lower-body injury in the second period. The team hasn't provided many details on Talbot's health, but they do not expect him to be back between the pipes coming out of the All-Star break. The Senators are fighting for a Wild Card spot in the East, and hope that they can have their best goalie back for the second-half battle.

Gustav Nyquist, Left Wing/Right Wing, Columbus Blue Jackets

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Another season-ending injury was recently announced, as the Columbus Blue Jackets will no longer have Gustav Nyquist for the remainder of the season. Nyquist was removed from a game last week, and the team has since announced that his season is over.

This news may be a bigger blow to the Jackets, who were actively shopping Nyquist ahead of the NHL Trade Deadline. Nyquist play this year had piqued the interest of some teams looking to make a splash this year, but he will likely no longer be in play for a trade.

Team Worth Watching This Week

New York Islanders

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The Eastern Conference Wild Card race is closer now than it's ever been. A team like the New York Islanders, who currently sit in 6th place in the Metropolitan Division, are far from out of the race. Week 18 looks like a prime time for the Isles to make their push up the standings and into a playoff spot.

Week 18 sees the Islanders playing three games starting out with a meeting in Philadelphia against the Flyers. With a win against the Flyers, the Isles could distance themselves from Philly in the standings. The Islanders then return to take on the Kraken and then the Canucks.

We will also see a new addition to the Islanders, who recently acquired star Bo Horvat from the Vancouver Canucks. Horvat is in the midst of a career year and looks to continue to succeed with his new team. We don't know who he will play alongside just yet but look for Horvat to give the Islanders' lineup a needed boost.

Week 18 Most Games

Anaheim Ducks (3) - @DAL, @CHI, PIT

Minnesota Wild (3) - @ARI, @DAL, VGK

New York Islanders (3) - @PHI, SEA, VAN

New York Rangers (3) – CGY, VAN, SEA

Seattle Kraken (3) - @NYI, @NJD, @NYR

Tampa Bay Lightning (3) - @FLA, SJS, COL

Vancouver Canucks (3) - @NJD, @NYR, @NYI

Week 18 Fewest Games

Columbus Blue Jackets (1) – TOR

Nashville Predators (1) – VGK

Toronto Maple Leafs (1) - @CBJ

Week 18 Bye Week

Boston Bruins - No Games

Buffalo Sabres - No Games

Carolina Hurricanes - No Games

Los Angeles Kings - No Games

Montreal Canadiens - No Games

Ottawa Senators - No Games

St. Louis Blues - No Games

Washington Capitals - No Games

Winnipeg Jets - No Games

Week 18 Back-To-Back Tracker

Anaheim Ducks - 02/06 @DAL & 02/07 @CHI

Arizona Coyotes - 02/10 @CHI & 02/11 @STL

Chicago Blackhawks - 02/10 ARI & 02/11 @WPG

Columbus Blue Jackets - 02/10 TOR & 02/11 @TOR

Minnesota Wild - 02/08 @DAL & 02/09 VGK

New York Islanders - 02/06 @PHI & 02/07 SEA

New York Rangers - 02/10 SEA & 02/11 @CAR

Pittsburgh Penguins - 02/10 @ANA & 02/11 @LAK

Seattle Kraken - 02/09 @NJD & 02/10 @NYR

Tampa Bay Lightning - 02/06 @FLA & 02/07 SJS

Toronto Maple Leafs - 02/10 @CBJ & 02/11 CBJ

Vancouver Canucks - 02/08 @NYR & 02/09 @NYI

Who should've been included in the 2022-23 Fantasy Hockey Week 18 Weekly Planner? Let me know in the comments!

Be sure to get all of your Fantasy Hockey advice from the F6P team.

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