Welcome back to the 2022-23 Fantasy Hockey Week 22 Weekly Planner! We are officially past the NHL Trade Deadline, and teams will begin to ramp up heading into the playoffs. Shall we look at the week ahead?
Week 22 kicks off with a star-studded matchup between two of the busier teams at the deadline. The New York Rangers will take on the Boston Bruins in a Saturday matinee, and we can expect all of the new "toys" to be on display.
New York has upgraded at the deadline, bringing in Vladimir Tarasenko and Patrick Kane. The B's will also have their latest acquisitions in the lineup with Dmitry Orlov, Garnet Hathaway, and Tyler Bertuzzi.
We will also see a number of games that with numerous playoff implications. Tampa Bay vs Carolina and Seattle vs Colorado on Sunday, Toronto vs New Jersey on Tuesday, and Minnesota vs Winnipeg on Wednesday. Teams will be focused on hanging on to their playoff spot, and others will look to move up the standings. The playoffs are right around the corner!
I think it's time for us to dive into the week ahead! Let's jump into the 2022-23 Fantasy Hockey Week 22 Weekly Planner.
2022-23 Fantasy Hockey Week 22 Weekly Planner
March 4, 2022 - March 10, 2022
Artturi Lehkonen, Left Wing/Right Wing, Colorado Avalanche (68% Rostered)
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The Colorado Avalanche are getting back to their winning ways like last season, and the play of Artturi Lehkonen is one reason for it. Lehkonen has recorded 42 points through the 56 games he's played this season, adding eight points (two goals and six assists) in the last eight games. Given the Avalanche's health issues this season, Lehkonen has been a consistent contributor on the team's top line.
Dawson Mercer, Center/Right Wing, New Jersey Devils (46% Rostered)
Dawson Mercer scored to move within one of tying Paul Gardner (8 GP in 1977-78 w/ CLR) for the longest goal streak in @NJDevils / Rockies / Scouts history.#NHLStats: https://t.co/yIllJi2lAE pic.twitter.com/O79DmVrERI
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) March 2, 2023
New Jersey has shown that they are a legit contender, and Dawson Mercer has been one of the unsung heroes. The 21-year-old is having a stellar sophomore season, recording 43 points through 60 games this year. As of late, he is the hottest player in the league actively riding a seven-game goal streak! Mercer has totaled nine goals over that stretch while also dishing out five assists.
The Devils look to catch the Hurricanes for the top spot in the Metropolitan Division, and Mercer will be key to their success. Add this hot hand to your fantasy team now!
Dmitry Orlov, Defense, Boston Bruins (34% Rostered)
Dmitry Orlov’s first four games with the @NHLBruins: 🍎🍎🚨🚨🍎🚨🍎🍎#NHLStats: https://t.co/sE4Jis6GlT pic.twitter.com/RdCAm88bgc
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) March 3, 2023
A change of scenery can do wonders for players! Recently traded Dmitry Orlov has been a perfect example of this. The 31-year-old defenseman found a new home in Boston and has immediately contributed on both ends. Through his first four games with the Bruins, Orlov has registered eight points (three goals and five assists) while blocking a number of shots.
The Bruins have a very deep defensive unit but look for Orlov's success to continue as he is playing 20+ minutes a night while also finding time on the powerplay.
Mattias Ekholm, Defense, Edmonton Oilers (22% Rostered)
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Mattias Ekholm is another recently traded player who will excel in his new home. Recently acquired by the Oilers, Ekholm will fill a huge defensive hole for the Oilers. In his first game, he registered an assist while also providing some shots on goal and blocking a few shots.
Ekholm will also be included in the Oilers' deadly powerplay that already leads the league (31.8%). I always think it is beneficial to grab any player that gets to share the ice with Connor McDavid, and Ekholm will be one of those guys.
Taylor Hall, Left Wing, Boston Bruins
The Bruins placed Taylor Hall on long-term injured reserve on Thursday. The 31-year-old Hall returned to Boston early during the team's west-coast road trip with a lower-body injury, and initial reports are not great. Coach Montgomery did not have a timeline on the injury just yet, and is unsure if surgery will be needed. B's will hope to have Hall ready for the playoffs as he is a key contributor to their success.
Ryan Lindgren, Defense, New York Rangers
Ryan Lindgren exited Saturday's game against the Capitals with an upper-body injury and has now missed three straight games. Lindgren has been a key contributor to the Rangers' defensive unit all season long and is essential to the team's penalty kill. The team has not provided many updates on his health throughout the week, so we hope that this is a good sign for a return.
Erik Cernak, Defense, Tampa Bay Lightning
Erik Cernak was forced out of Thursday's game early after suffering an undisclosed injury against the Penguins. Coach Jon Cooper didn't have any updates on Cernak's health following the game, but the team will hope to have him back in the lineup as soon as possible. Cernak is second on the team in penalty kill time while also providing some shots nightly.
Team Worth Watching This Week
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Look out Eastern Conference - the Ottawa Senators are here to make their mark.
Currently riding a 4-game winning streak, the Ottawa Senators sit four points out of the last Wild Card spot. Week 22 features a number of winnable games for the Sens, who will look to bully their way into the playoff picture. They will play the Blue Jackets and the Blackhawks and then finish the week with the Kraken.
The 2023 NHL Trade Deadline has now passed, and Columbus and Chicago were two of the biggest sellers across the NHL. These two teams will now turn their focus from winning hockey games to winning the draft lottery to try and draft future star Connor Bedard. Ottawa should be able to turn up their play and handle both of these teams with ease.
Closing out Week 22 will be a matchup between the streaking (at least we assume they will continue their winning streak) Ottawa Senators and the Seattle Kraken. The Kraken remains in a tight playoff battle with their fellow Pacific Division teams and could be desperate for wins by now. Look for a red-hot Senators team to roll into the Emerald City and take out the Kraken next week.
The Ottawa Senators are real, and they are going to force their way into the playoffs by any means necessary. Week 22 will be their week as they work their way into a Wild Card spot.
Week 22 Most Games
Buffalo Sabres (4) – PHI, EDM, @NYI, DAL
Calgary Flames (4) – MIN, @DAL, @MIN, ANA
Chicago Blackhawks (4) – NAS, OTT, @DET, @FLA
Colorado Avalanche (4) - @DAL, SEA, SJS, LAK
Philadelphia Flyers (4) - @BUF, DET, @TBL, @CAR
San Jose Sharks (4) – WAS, @WPG, @COL, @STL
Week 22 Fewest Games
Boston Bruins (2) – NYR, EDM
Columbus Blue Jackets (2) - @OTT, @PIT
New York Rangers (2) - @BOS, @MTL
Toronto Maple Leafs (2) - @VAN, @NJD
Week 22 Back-To-Back Tracker
Anaheim Ducks - 03/07 @SEA & 03/08 @VAN
Buffalo Sabres - 03/06 EDM & 03/07 @NYI
Calgary Flames - 03/06 @DAL & 03/07 @MIN
Chicago Blackhawks - 03/10 @FLA & 03/11 @TBL
Colorado Avalanche - 03/04 @DAL & 03/05 SEA
Columbus Blue Jackets - 03/03 SEA & 03/04 @OTT
Detroit Red Wings - 03/04 NYI & 03/05 @PHI
Edmonton Oilers - 03/03 WPG & 03/04 @WPG
Florida Panthers - 03/10 CHI & 03/11 WPG
Minnesota Wild - 03/07 CGY & 03/08 @WPG
Philadelphia Flyers - 03/04 @BUF & 03/05 DET
San Jose Sharks - 03/06 @WPG & 03/07@COL
Winnipeg Jets - 03/03 @EDM & 03/04 EDM
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