2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 24 Weekly Planner

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

The NHL season is coming down to the wire. Teams are finalized, and the playoff races are heating up on both sides of the league. Let's talk about some playoffs, real and fantasy, in the 2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 24 Weekly Planner.

It's about that time that teams need their best players to be the best players. This can be said for a team like Detroit, who are tied for the last Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference. They hold a record of 3-7 over their last 10 and need players to step up. Similarly, Minnesota is outside the playoff picture as I write this week's planner, but has a 6-3-1 record through their last 10 and is making a push.

Speaking of Minnesota, did you see the lengths that they went to for that extra point for playoff positioning? They pulled their goalie in overtime to clinch the extra point! If you are like me, you probably didn't realize that if Nashville had been able to score on the empty net, the Wild would have lost a point in the standings. Talk about a 'Wild' risk!

Desperate teams take desperate measures. What crazy things are we going to see from teams this week? I'm not sure but I'm dying to find out. We can get into the 2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 24 Weekly Planner now and start thinking about the week ahead.

2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 24 Weekly Planner

March 18, 2024 – March 24, 2024

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Top Targets

Valeri Nichushkin, LW/RW, Colorado Avalanche (85% Rostered)

2023-2024 has been a tough year for Valeri Nichushkin, who missed 22 games this year after entering the NHL Player Assistance Program. He was cleared by the NHLPA in late February. And the Avalanche got him right back into the spot he left mid-January.

Since his return to action, he's been able to contribute immediately. Nichushkin has played just three games since his reinstatement, registering a goal in each game while adding two additional assists.

Throughout the rest of the season, Nichushkin should remain on a line with Mikko Rantanen and MVP-hopeful Nathan MacKinnon. The three have played together for 341 minutes this year; outscoring their opponents 27-16 and outshooting teams 207-174 when together.

Nichushkin's roster percentage is lower than I expected. Check his availability in your league. If he's available, insert him into your lineup before the playoffs begin!

Jeff Skinner, LW, Buffalo Sabres (71% Rostered)

Sure, we could view this season as a down year for Jeff Skinner. If the season ended today, it'd be the fifth-lowest point total of his 15 seasons in the league. Fortunately for Skinner, career stats won't matter as he is still key to the Sabres' hunt for the playoffs.

Skinner has been deployed on a few different lines so far this year. He has also been utilized on the team's powerplay. His flexibility on lines has helped him get to the team's lead in goals (21) while also fourth in team assists (21). Lately, it's been Skinner playing with youngsters Peyton Krebs and J.J. Peterka but that may change a couple of times before the end of the season.

Seth Jones, Defense, Chicago Blackhawks (56% Rostered)

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Although he was able to add 12 assists to his game, it took Seth Jones 31 games to record his first goal of the season. Since getting the monkey off his back, Jones has added another 12 points, including three more goals.

Seth Jones has continued his stretch of good hockey, even with the Blackhawks being eliminated from playoff contention. In his last four games, he has put up three goals and four assists in three team wins. It's been a veteran effort for Jones, who could surely help some fantasy teams through the remainder of the season with his play.

Injury Alerts

Joel Eriksson Ek, C, Minnesota Wild

Just three weeks after being one of my Top Targets, Joel Eriksson Ek has hit the list of injuries. The 27-year-old was still producing very well before being injured, recording six points (one goal and five assists) through his last four games.

The Wild are just on the outside of the playoff picture. Minnesota will desperately need Eriksson Ek's production (29 goals and 31 assists) in order to make their final push. The team hasn't set a timeline for the Swede's return to the lineup. He did not accompany the team at the beginning of their western road trip. There is a chance JEE will join the team later in the trip, so be on the lookout for his return.

Thatcher Demko, G, Vancouver Canucks

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The Vancouver Canucks are clinging to their lead in the Pacific Division with the red-hot Edmonton Oilers on their tails. Unfortunately, they'll be doing so without their Vezina-caliber goalie Thatcher Demko.

Demko stopped all 12 shots he faced during Saturday's game before exiting after 26:40 with an undisclosed injury. The team has announced that they'll be without their 28-year-old goalie for at least two to three weeks now, leaving them vulnerable in the playoff chase. Expected back with roughly two weeks left in the regular season, Thatcher Demko will be heavily watched as he will be a key fixture in the team's future success.

Andrei Kuzmenko, LW/RW, Calgary Flames

Andrei Kuzmenko's Calgary Flames career got off to a great start, registering seven points (four goals and three assists) over 12 games. He's now dealing with an upper-body injury, which might've been picked up during pregame warmups on Tuesday. Kuzmenko skated like normal before the game but was announced as a scratch once the team returned to the locker room pregame.

The 28-year-old got the needed change of scenery following a January trade with Vancouver. He'll likely get back in the lineup before the end of the season and help the Flames continue their second-half push for the playoffs.

Team Worth Watching This Week

Buffalo Sabres

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Am I crazy or do I feel like the Buffalo Sabres always play their best hockey when there are just a few weeks left in the regular season? Well, that's what we have here! With roughly four weeks left in the regular season, the Sabres sit just three points back of the last Wild Card spot. Can they do it?

If they make the playoffs, it will be on the back of Ukko Pekka-Luukkonen. The 25-year-old is on an incredible run of late, racking up a 1.87 GAA and .931 SV% across his last 25 games played. The numbers have helped him register 16 wins during the span to get the Sabres into playoff contention.

Buffalo is the youngest team in the NHL. And they are getting key contributions from those younger guys throughout the lineup. During their success of late, they've had contributions from Rasmus Dahlin (23-years-old), Dylan Cozens (23), J.J. Peterka (22), and Zach Benson (18). Veterans Tage Thompson and Alex Tuch are also stepping up as leaders following the trade of their captain, Kyle Okposo, at the trade deadline.

Speaking of the trade deadline, we saw the Sabres bring in 22-year-old Bowen Byram from the Colorado Avalanche. In the three games since joining the team, he's supplied three goals and one assist. He should have a high usage throughout the rest of the season if your fantasy team needs the help!

Week 24 Most Games (4)

Buffalo Sabres – @SEA, @VAN, @EDM, @CGY

Carolina Hurricanes - @NYI, PHI, @WSH, TOR

Columbus Blue Jackets - @DET, @COL, @VGK

Edmonton Oilers – MTL, BUF, @TOR, @OTT

New Jersey Devils – PIT, WPG, OTT, @NYI

NY Islanders – CAR, @DET, WPG, NJD

Ottawa Senators - @BOS, STL, @NJD, EDM

Philadelphia Flyers – TOR, @CAR, BOS, FLA

Seattle Kraken – BUF, @VGK, @ARI, MTL

Tampa Bay Lightning - @VGK, @SJS, @LAK, @ANA

Toronto Maple Leafs – @PHI, @WSH, EDM, @CAR

Washington Capitals – @CGY, TOR, CAR, WPG

Winnipeg Jets – @NYR, @NJD, @NYI, @WSH

Week 24 Fewest Games (3)

Anaheim Ducks – MIN, CHI, TBL

Arizona Coyotes - @DAL, SEA, DAL

Boston Bruins – OTT, NYR, @PHI

Calgary Flames – WSH, @VAN, BUF

Chicago Blackhawks – @LAK, @ANA, @SJS

Colorado Avalanche – @STL, CBJ, PIT

Dallas Stars – ARI, PIT, @ARI

Detroit Red Wings – CBJ, NYI, @NSH

Florida Panthers – NSH, @NYR, @PHI

Los Angeles Kings – CHI, MIN, TBL

Minnesota Wild – @ANA, @LAK, STL

Montreal Canadiens – @EDM, @VAN, @SEA

Nashville Predators – SJS, @FLA, DET

NY Rangers – WPG, @BOS, FLA

Pittsburgh Penguins - @NJD, @DAL, @COL

San Jose Sharks – @NSH, TBL, CHI

St. Louis Blues – COL, @OTT, @MIN

Vancouver Canucks – BUF, MTL, CGY

Vegas Golden Knights – TBL, SEA, CBJ

Week 24 Back-To-Back Tracker

Buffalo Sabres – 03/18 @SEA & 03/19 @VAN

Calgary Flames – 03/23 @VAN & 03/24 BUF

Carolina Hurricanes - 03/21 PHI & 03/22 @WSH

Columbus Blue Jackets - 03/22 @COL & 03/23 @VGK

Edmonton Oilers – 03/23 @TOR & 03/24 @OTT

Florida Panthers – 03/23 @NYR & 03/24 @PHI

Los Angeles Kings – 03/19 CHI & 03/20 MIN

Minnesota Wild – 03/19 @ANA & 03/20 @LAK

New Jersey Devils – 03/23 OTT & 03/24 @NYI

NY Islanders – 03/23 WPG & 03/24 NJD

Ottawa Senators - 03/23 @NJD & 03/24 EDM

Philadelphia Flyers – 03/23 BOS & 03/24 FLA

Seattle Kraken – 03/21 @VGK & 03/22 @ARI

Tampa Bay Lightning - 03/23 @LAK & 03/24 @ANA

Toronto Maple Leafs – 03/19 @PHI & 03/20 @WSH

Winnipeg Jets – 03/23 @NYI & 03/24 @WSH

Did we miss anything for the 2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 24 Weekly Planner? Leave a comment below!

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