2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 9 Weekly Planner

by Michael Proctor
2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 9 Weekly Planner

We had quite a bit of action last week, huh? And we have another busy week coming up. Thankfully, we're back with the 2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 9 Weekly Planner and we can talk about it.

Last week kicked off with a battle of brothers that did not disappoint. The Panthers and Senators slugged it out and combined for 167 penalty minutes, including 12 game misconducts. Both Matthew and Brady Tkachuk were heavily involved, with a game misconduct to the Sens captain and a fighting major given to Matthew.

A couple of extended win streaks will also carry over into the new week. The Edmonton Oilers and Arizona Coyotes have rattled off four straight wins each and are helping stay alive in the divisional standings.

The big news of the new week will be the return of an NHL great. Showtime Patrick Kane is back, joining the Detroit Red Wings on a one-year deal. The future Hall of Famer is expected to make his debut this week and could come on December 7th against the San Jose Sharks.

It is going to be a fun week, and I'm ready to get into it. The 2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 9 Weekly Planner starts now!

2023-24 Fantasy Hockey Week 9 Weekly Planner

December 4, 2023 – December 10, 2023

Top Targets

Pavel Buchnevich, Center/Left Wing, St. Louis Blues (67% Rostered)

Following a slow start to the season, Pavel Buchnevich has turned things around. The 28-year-old has found his groove as of late and has made himself a solid fantasy hockey option for you.

He’s been consistently on the scoresheet for the Blues as of late, recording seven points over his last four games. Throughout the season, he has registered eight goals and 10 assists total.

Buchnevich, alongside Robert Thomas, has been a dangerous duo for the Blues on their top line. They generate many scoring opportunities while on the ice together (97) and will also be featured on the team’s top powerplay unit.

Charlie Coyle, Center, Boston Bruins (40% Rostered)

The Bruins had questions coming into the season in terms of finding centers to play in their top six. Charlie Coyle has been able to put those questions to bed.

Coyle has exceeded expectations to begin the year and looks like he is well on his way to putting up career-high numbers. Through the first 23 games, he has put up nine goals and 10 assists. 13 of these points have come during November alone.

There have been a lot of different line combinations used so far this year for the Bruins. If Coyle can still generate these numbers with a different set of linemates each game, he should be worth the attention of your team.

JJ Peterka, Right Wing, Buffalo Sabres (28% Rostered)

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The injury to Tage Thompson has severely impacted the Buffalo Sabres’ chances of making the playoffs this season. The injury has also given players like JJ Peterka a chance to show what they are made of.

Peterka had a November to remember, recording 14 points (six goals and eight assists) in 14 games. It also includes a couple of powerplay points, which he has been awarded time due to the absence of Thompson.

Expect the Sabres to continue pushing Peterka into the top six while Thompson rehabs his injury. He’s been consistently playing alongside Dylan Cozens and Zach Benson and should continue to find opportunities.

Injury Alerts

Dougie Hamilton, Defense, New Jersey Devils

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The New Jersey Devils will have to adjust their game plans for the foreseeable future as Dougie Hamilton will be out indefinitely with an injury. The team’s best defenseman has undergone surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle.

Hamilton recorded 13 minutes of ice time on Tuesday before exiting the game against the Islanders. It isn’t clear as to what caused the injury, but the team will now be without their best piece of the back end.

The 30-year-old has contributed 16 points (five goals and 11 assists) through 20 games this season. New Jersey hasn’t determined a time for Dougie’s return, but they will surely need him as they fight an uphill battle in the Metropolitan Division.

Jaden Schwartz, Center/Left Wing, Seattle Kraken

Remember Jaden Schwartz? One of my Fantasy Hockey Week 6 Weekly Planner’s Top Targets? Unfortunately, he will now miss many weeks due to injury.

The 31-year-old Schwartz was hurt in Tuesday’s game and has since been placed on injured reserve. Seattle expects to be without their 15-point scorer for at least 6 weeks with a lower-body injury.

It’ll be a big ask for Seattle to fill Schwartz’s absence in the meantime. Look for a player like Ty Kartye to help fill the void.

Alex Newhook, Center, Montreal Canadiens

In his first season with Montreal, Alex Newhook was becoming a critical piece of the Canadiens foundation. Unfortunately, his first season is paused for the foreseeable future.

Newhook left Thursday’s contest with what is thought to be a high ankle sprain following an awkward collision. He’s been placed on injured reserve and is expected to miss around 10-12 weeks with the injury.

Before the injury, coach Martin St. Louis chose to split up Cole Caufield and Nick Suzuki to spread out the offense. Now that Newhook won’t be playing alongside Suzuki, look for the original duo to reunite.

Team Worth Watching This Week

Calgary Flames

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The Pacific Division has been a little bit of chaos through the first part of the season. The Edmonton Oilers are three games below .500. The Vancouver Canucks are fighting with the defending Stanley Cup champions for the division lead.

How about the 10-10-3 Calgary Flames fighting for a wild card spot? A team that missed out on the playoffs last season and experienced several offseason changes is still hanging in the conversation. The new week looks like one that will help the Flames continue their battle for the Western Conference wild card, and even make a push for the other teams ahead of them.

Week 9 will feature three home games with the Flames taking on Minnesota, Carolina, and then New Jersey. All three teams are currently in the bottom half of the league when it comes to goals against, and also in penalty kill percentage. The Flames have struggled to find the back of the net on their own, but this week could be a good time for them to figure it out.

The Flames have been reliant on their veterans like Elias Lindholm, Nazem Kadri, and Jonathan Huberdeau, although they have not played up to their full expectations. Look for this week as one where they can turn things around.

Week 9 Most Games (4)

Carolina Hurricanes – @WPG, @EDM, @CGY, @VAN

Chicago Blackhawks – NSH, ANA, STL, WSH

Columbus Blue Jackets – LAK, @NYI, STL, FLA

Dallas Stars – @TBL, @FLA, @WSH, VGK

Los Angeles Kings – @CBJ, @MTL, @NYI, @NYR

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

Montreal Canadiens – SEA, LAK, @BUF, NSH

Nashville Predators - @CHI, TBL, @TOR, @MTL

New Jersey Devils – @VAN, @SEA, @CGY, @EDM

St. Louis Blues - @VGK, VGK, @CBJ, @CHI

Tampa Bay Lightning – DAL, PIT, @NSH, @SEA

Vegas Golden Knights – STL, @STL, @DAL, SJS

Washington Capitals – @ARI, DAL, NYR, @CHI

Week 9 Fewest Games (2)

Boston Bruins – BUF, ARI

Toronto Maple Leafs – @OTT, NSH

Week 9 Back-To-Back Tracker

Carolina Hurricanes – 12/06 @EDM & 12/07 @CGY

Chicago Blackhawks – 12/09 STL & 12/10 WSH

Columbus Blue Jackets – 12/07 @NYI & 12/08 STL

Dallas Stars – 12/06 @FLA & 12/07 @WSH

Los Angeles Kings – 12/09 @NYI & 12/10 @NYR

Minnesota Wild – 12/07 @VAN & 12/08 @EDM

Montreal Canadiens – 12/09 @BUF & 12/10 NSH

Nashville Predators – 12/09 @TOR & 12/10 @MTL

New Jersey Devils – 12/09 @CGY & 12/10 @EDM

New York Rangers – 12/09 @WSH & 12/10 LAK

Seattle Kraken – 12/09 TBL & 12/10 MIN

St. Louis Blues – 12/08 @CBJ & 12/09 @CHI

Tampa Bay Lightning – 12/06 PIT & 12/07 @NSH

Vegas Golden Knights – 12/09 @DAL & 12/10 SJS

Washington Capitals – 12/09 NYR & 12/10 @CHI

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