2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 20 Weekly Planner

by Michael Proctor
2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 20 Weekly Planner

We are now less than three weeks until the highly anticipated NHL Trade Deadline (March 8, 2024). With moves on the horizon, we need to know which teams will be buying and which teams will be selling. We can look ahead to get an idea in this week's 2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 20 Weekly Planner.

The last full week of February is set to be a busy one with 19 teams playing four games. 20 teams will also be tested with at least one back-to-back set of games (sorry Minnesota, you'll have two sets of back-to-backs). It'll be one of the final tests for teams to determine their stance heading into the trade deadline. Which way will your favorite team be trending?

Thankfully, we still have more fantasy hockey to come this year. Who should you be watching and targeting to make your fantasy playoff push? We can get into theΒ 2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 20 Weekly Planner and hopefully give you some ideas on where to look!

2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 20 Weekly Planner

February 19, 2024 – February 25, 2024

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Top Targets

Travis Konecny, LW/RW, Philadelphia Flyers (90% Rostered)

Through the past couple of seasons, it's been clear that Travis Konecny is the Philadelphia Flyers' biggest offensive producer. He has finished as the team's leading scorer in all but one season since 2019, and is trending that way again this year. This season could also see Konecny passing his career high in points (61) as he is already within 10 points of the mark.

Konecny has been playing exceptional hockey of late helping the Flyers cling to their playoff spot in the Metro Division. He's been able to record nine points (four goals and five assists) over the past five games and hopes to keep things going against the many Metro opponents Philly will see coming up. Look for him to continue playing with Owen Tippett and newly named captain Sean Couturier for the foreseeable future.

If Philly is going to hold on to their playoff spot in the competitive Metropolitan Division, Travis Konecny is going to be the reason for it.

Alex Pietrangelo, D, Vegas Golden Knights (87% Rostered)

He may have just completed his 1,000th NHL game, but Alex Pietrangelo is showing that he can still get it done out there. The 34-year-old continues to be Vegas' key man on the back end, leading the team in time on ice per game (23:58) along with points among defensemen (25).

Pietrangelo won't be a guy who is scoring goals that often, but his passing ability will be what makes him worth the spot on your fantasy team. He has registered 23 assists so far this season which ranks third on the team behind forwards Mark Stone and Jack Eichel. Seven of these have come with the man advantage which is an added boost for fantasy purposes. Pietrangelo should be relied on heavily as Vegas continues its push to the playoffs.

Jared McCann, C/LW, Seattle Kraken (76% Rostered)

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Jared McCann used to be a very effective third-liner throughout his career. Now? He has become an unexpected offensive juggernaut ever since joining Seattle in the expansion draft. The 27-year-old is finding the scoresheet with ease of late, riding a four-game point streak (two goals and two assists) and 17 points over the last 14 games.

While he may not be able to catch his career highs from last season, he is surely on pace to shatter the second-best offensive season of his career. The offensive numbers continue to increase for McCann largely in part to his chemistry with his linemates Matty Beniers and Jordan Eberle. Since being paired together last season, the three have shared the ice for 717:28 and the trio are outscoring their opponents 48-32. Even when the points aren't coming, the three have 356 scoring chances for vs. 257 against.

McCann is going to continue being a key member of the Kraken's offense, especially if there are no changes to lines. He can be a strong addition to any fantasy team as you look to make your fantasy playoff push.

Injury Alerts

Jake Guentzel, LW, Pittsburgh Penguins

A rocky season in Pittsburgh looks to be getting a little more shaky. The team announced on Thursday that Jake Guentzel is expected to miss four weeks of action due to an upper-body injury suffered in Wednesday night's game. This situation will likely throw a wrench in Pittsburgh's plan for the pending free agent ahead of the trade deadline.

Guentzel is having another superb season, registering 52 points (22 goals and 30 assists) in the 50 games he's played in. And given his performance so far, he was looking to be one of the biggest names leading into the NHL trade deadline. Now, Pittsburgh has several decisions to make leading up to March 8th.

In the meantime, the Penguins plan on moving Rickard Rakell up to the top line with Sidney Crosby and Bryan Rust. The trio has had some success together over a short period, outscoring opponents 2-0 in 17 minutes of ice time together.

Blake Wheeler, RW, New York Rangers

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It's been a resurgence of a season for Blake Wheeler in New York, but it has unfortunately come to an end due to injury. The Rangers have reported that Wheeler's regular season has come to an end following the lower-body injury suffered in Thursday's game. Given the Rangers' success, there is still the chance that the 37-year-old will be able to return to play when the playoffs begin.

Wheeler became a perfect compliment throughout the season for the team's first line alongside Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider. The three played together for almost 300 minutes of ice time, outscoring opponents 20-12 during that time. They'll likely use someone like Jimmy Vesey to fill the first-line gap for the remainder of the regular season when they can reevaluate Wheeler's health for the playoffs.

Owen Power, D, Buffalo Sabres

The Buffalo Sabres have announced that former first-overall pick Owen Power is set to miss several weeks with a hand injury. The 21-year-old is considered 'week-to-week' but it wouldn't come as a shock to see Buffao place him on injured reserve.

Power has had a bit of a drop-off in production in his second full year in the league, putting up two goals and 16 assists (4-31-35 last season). But, even if he were to be injured through the rest of the season, it's a solid season for Power who continues to learn his role. The Sabres will still hope to have him back before the season's end so the kid can continue to learn for the future.

Team Worth Watching This Week

Tampa Bay Lightning

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To the displeasure of 31 NHL franchises and fan bases, the Tampa Bay Lightning are still hanging around as championship contenders. All signs were pointing to the long-awaited dropoff, but they have battled all season long to cling to their playoff spot.

Everybody wrote off the Lightning when they announced that Andrei Vasilevskiy was set to miss the first 8-10 weeks of the season with an injury. Well, the team was able to stay afloat before welcoming back the Big Cat, winning 19 of 30 games since returning with a 2.77 GAA and a .903 SV%. While Vasilevskiy has been important to the team's success so far, it's the other cast of regulars getting it done as well.

Leading the way for Tampa is the MVP-favorite Nikita Kucherov. Kuch's 36 goals so far will help him crush his previous career high (41) as he has shown zero signs of slowing down yet. He'll also bring a nine-game point streak (eight goals and 10 assists) into the new week. It also helps when the supporting cast includes Brayden Point, Steven Stamkos, and Victor Hedman. These multi-time champions are ready to add another trophy to their mantle.

For the week ahead, the Lightning will only play teams currently outside of the playoff picture (OTT, WSH, @NYI, @NJD). This is the perfect week for the Lightning to reinforce their gap in the Atlantic Division with the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Leafs sit one point behind Tampa but will have a relatively difficult Week 20 schedule ahead of them (@STL, @ARI, @VGK, @COL).

Week 20 Most Games (4)

Anaheim Ducks – @BUF, CBJ, @LAK, NSH

Boston Bruins – DAL, @EDM, @CGY, @VAN

Buffalo Sabres – ANA, @MTL, @CBJ, CAR

Carolina Hurricanes – CHI, FLA, DAL, @BUF

Chicago Blackhawks - @CAR, PHI, WPG, DET

Columbus Blue Jackets - @LAK, @ANA, BUF, NYR

Dallas Stars - @BOS, @NYR, @OTT, @CAR

Detroit Red Wings - @SEA, COL STL, @CHI

Edmonton Oilers - @ARI, BOS, MIN, CGY

Minnesota Wild – VAN, @WPG, @EDM, @SEA

Nashville Predators - @VGK, @LAK, @SJS, @ANA

New Jersey Devils - @WSH, NYR, MTL, TBL

NY Rangers – DAL, @NJD, @PHI, @CBJ

Ottawa Senators - @TBL, @FLA, DAL, VGK

Tampa Bay Lightning – OTT, WSH, @NYI, @NJD

Toronto Maple Leafs – @STL, @ARI, @VGK, @COL

Vancouver Canucks – @MIN, @COL, @SEA, BOS

Vegas Golden Knights - @SJS, NSH, TOR, @OTT

Winnipeg Jets - @CGY, MIN, @CHI, ARI

Week 20 Fewest Games (2)

San Jose Sharks – VGK, NSH

Week 20 Back-To-Back Tracker

Anaheim Ducks – 02/24 @LAK & 02/25 NSH

Arizona Coyotes – 02/18 @COL & 02/19 EDM

Boston Bruins – 02/21 @EDM & 02/22 @CGY

Carolina Hurricanes – 02/24 DAL & 02/25 @BUF

Columbus Blue Jackets - 02/20 @LAK & 02/21 @ANA

Dallas Stars - 02/19 @BOS & 02/20 @NYR

Detroit Red Wings - 02/24 STK & 02/25 @CHI

Edmonton Oilers - 02/23 MIN & 02/24 CGY

Minnesota Wild – 02/19 VAN & 02/20 @WPG + 02/23 @EDM & 02/24 @SEA

Montreal Canadiens – 02/21 BUF & 02/22 @PIT

Nashville Predators - 02/24 @SJS & 02/25 @ANA

New Jersey Devils - 02/24 MTL & 02/25 TBL

NY Rangers – 02/24 @PHI & 02/25 @CBJ

Ottawa Senators - 02/19 @TBL & 02/20 @FLA

Philadelphia Flyers – 02/24 NYR & 02/25 @PIT

Tampa Bay Lightning – 02/24 @NYI & 02/25 @NJD

Toronto Maple Leafs – 02/21 @ARI & 02/22 @VGK

Vancouver Canucks – 02/19 @MIN & 02/20 @COL

Vegas Golden Knights - 02/19 @SJS & 02/20 NSH

Winnipeg Jets - 02/19 @CGY & 02/20 MIN

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