The Oilers historic streak has ended. Nathan MacKinnon's lengthy point streak was snapped. Week 18 had the headlines, but we are on to Week 19! The 2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 19 Weekly Planner is here so it's time to find out what is coming next.
Highlighting the new week is the 10th year of the NHL Stadium Series. In this year's edition, we'll have a battle between Metro rivals when the Flyers take on the Devils on Saturday, February 17th. The following day, it'll be a battle of New York when the Rangers and Islanders go head to head. Both games will be played at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
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With each week that passes, the more important the games get. The playoffs are approaching fast, so let's find out where we need to focus our attention! The 2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 19 Weekly Planner has arrived to do just that.
2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 19 Weekly Planner
February 12, 2024 – February 18, 2024
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Anze Kopitar, C, Los Angeles Kings (83% Rostered)
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Things have been going very poorly for the Los Angeles Kings. A week ago, they fired their head coach following a stretch where the team lost 14 of their last 16 games. The team is now grasping a Wild Card spot after showing early dominance in the season. They are desperate to flip the script on the season, and it'll start with the play of their captain Anze Kopitar.
Heading into the new week, Kopitar is third on the Kings in scoring (15 goals and 26 assists) and is still producing at age 36. The production is largely in part of the chemistry built with his linemates Adrian Kempe and Quinton Byfield, who have shared the ice for 466:46 of action this season. During this time, they are outscoring opponents 26-12 and outshooting them 247-210.
If the Kings can turn things around and push for the playoffs, Anze Kopitar is going to be a major contributor. His fantasy ownership came as a shock to me, so look to see if he is available in your league.
Nico Hischier, C, New Jersey Devils (83% Rostered)
Similar to Anze Kopitar's situation, captain Nico Hischier will need to be a driving force if the New Jersey Devils want to make a run for the playoffs. He's been able to register a three-game, multi-point streak through the last week of action (one goal and five assists) and this will hopefully be the jumpstart that the Devils need.
Hischier has been able to keep up with an almost point-per-game season so far, even while missing 11 games so far this year due to an injury. As long as injuries don't continue to get to him, as they have throughout his career, Hischier will have increased usage in the last half of the season.
He'll be on the team's 8th-best powerplay unit while centering the team's top line flanked by Ondrej Palat and Jesper Bratt. The 25-year-old has all of the ingredients for fantasy hockey success and is available in many different leagues.
Nazem Kadri, C, Calgary Flames (73% Rostered)
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Nazem Kadri has been a bright spot on a Calgary Flames team that will need all of the help that they can get. As we move towards the March 8th trade deadline, the Flames are going to continue to sell off pieces following the trade of Elias Lindholm. With the more pieces shipped out, the more value that Nazem Kadri will have.
Heading into Week 19, Kadri leads Calgary in assists (27) and points (43) and could very well lead the way for the remainder of the season. He'll also be tasked with centering the Flames' young core featuring Martin Pospisil and Connor Zary, to help elevate their game along with his own. The trio has been together for 257:07 and outscoring opponents when on the ice together 15-5, so the experiment is surely working out.
Given the active contract Kadri has, we can only imagine that he will remain with the Flames through the trade deadline. With the state of the team being where it is at, he should become the major beneficiary of trade deadline sales going on in Alberta.
Mikhail Sergachev, D, Tampa Bay Lightning
Wednesday night, the Tampa Bay Lightning saw key defenseman Mikhail Sergachev depart the game via stretcher with a devastating injury. Sergachev, who was playing in his first game back from a 17-game absence, will have another long layoff due to another lower-body injury.
Sergachev was the recipient of a reverse hit from New York's Alexis Lafreniere, causing the Lightning defenseman to land awkwardly on his leg. As a result, the 25-year-old suffered a fractured tibia and fibula that required surgery. There is no timeline for Sergachev, but it's believed that he will be off skates for at least six to eight weeks possibly ending his season.
Matthew Poitras, C/RW, Boston Bruins
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2023-24 has become one of the better rookie classes that the NHL has produced in recent history. Unfortunately, we've seen many of these rookies struck with the injury bug. From Connor Bedard to Leo Carlsson to Adam Fantilli, all have dealt with injuries. Now, an injury has put an end to Matthew Poitras' rookie season.
The 19-year-old was a shocking addition to the Bruins out of training camp and immediately made his mark on the team. He'll now end his rookie season following shoulder surgery coming from an injury picked up before the NHL All-Star Break. Poitras was able to pick up five goals and 10 assists through his first 33 NHL games.
Patrick Maroon, LW, Minnesota Wild
If there is one thing that many of the top teams will be searching for at this year's trade deadline, it'll be grit. Because of it, 35-year-old Patrick Maroon was set to be a hot commodity. After undergoing back surgery, his trade deadline stock will likely take a hit.
The 13-year-vet signed with Minnesota during the offseason and has registered 16 points (four goals and 12 assists) in a fourth-line role. He is now set to miss at least four to six weeks. There is also a chance that he will end up on a new team following the March 8th trade deadline. If he does, be sure to look out for the Big Rig, a desired playoff performer.
Team Worth Watching This Week
New Jersey Devils
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Week 19 is setting up to be a make-or-break week for the New Jersey Devils. Five points out from the last Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference, the Devils will rely on their star power to make their postseason push.
Leading the way for New Jersey is going to be now-healthy Jack Hughes. After missing his last 11 games with an upper-body injury, Hughes will look to add to his 45 points (15 goals and 30 assists) in 32 games effort. He'll be doing this while paired with Tyler Toffoli on a line, who have created 223 scoring chances for while together before the injury. Alexander Holtz is the line's third member, who should be able to elevate his own game playing with Hughes and Toffoli.
If the team is going to succeed, they will need better efforts between the pipes. Both Vitek Vanecek and Akira Schmid are sporting save percentages below .900 with identical goals-against averages of 3.26. All four opponents that New Jersey will see this week are in the bottom half of the league in goals scored, so this could be a good week for the goaltending to turn things around.
It's been an underachieving year for the Devils so far, but they are not out of the playoff picture just yet. Seattle, Nashville, and LA could be a recipe for winning hockey, topped off with a meeting with Philadelphia, who they are chasing in the Metropolitan standings.
Week 19 Most Games (4)
Arizona Coyotes - @PHI, MIN, CAR, @COL
Los Angeles Kings - @BUF, @NJD, @BOS, @PIT
New Jersey Devils – SEA, @NSH, LAK, PHI
Week 19 Fewest Games (2)
Columbus Blue Jackets - @OTT, @SJS
NY Islanders – SEA, NYR
Vegas Golden Knights – MIN, CAR
Washington Capitals – COL, @MTL
Winnipeg Jets – SJS, @VAN
Week 19 Back-To-Back Tracker
Arizona Coyotes - 02/18 @COL & 02/19 EDM
Carolina Hurricanes - 02/16 @ARI & 02/17 @VGK
Florida Panthers - 02/14 @PIT & 02/15 @BUF
Los Angeles Kings - 02/17 @BOS & 02/18 @PIT
New Jersey Devils – 02/12 SEA & 02/13 @NSH
Pittsburgh Penguins – 02/14 FLA & 02/15 @CHI
San Jose Sharks – 02/14 @WPG & 02/15 @CGY
Seattle Kraken - 02/12 @NJD & 02/13 @NYI
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