February 26, 2024

Fantasy hockey preview – Stack your lineup with Kraken and Devils

Week 18 of the fantasy season is again to enterprise as standard following the 2-week-lengthy Week 17 that integrated the all-star break in addition to prolonged layoffs for some groups.

The week begins out with all 32 groups getting no less than a sport in by way of Wednesday due to a busy, 11-sport Tuesday slate.

The Arizona Coyotes, New Jersey Devils, Minnesota Wild and Seattle Kraken all get two video games in in the course of the first three days of the week.

If you might be setting a weekly lineup, lean on the Coyotes, Devils and Los Angeles Kings, as they’ve 4-sport weeks on faucet. The Vegas Golden Knights, New York Islanders, Winnipeg Jets, Washington Capitals and Columbus Blue Jackets solely play twice in Week 18.

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Teuvo Teravainen, W, Carolina Hurricanes (64.4% accessible): Some massive indicators of life from Teravainen this week was adopted by the return of Andrei Svechnikov within the subsequent sport. Sure sufficient, Teravainen performed with Sebastian Aho and Svechnikov, which is a few plum spot as exists within the Hurricanes offense. Teravainen has been quiet since his quick begin, however the good instances are inclined to roll when he is scorching.

Lucas Raymond, W, Detroit Red Wings (63.2% accessible): Raymond completed out the sport after taking a head shot from Nikita Zadorov on Saturday, which is a serious constructive as he is had some swagger in his sport currently. With 1.91 FPPG throughout his previous 10, Raymond is holding down the wing with Dylan Larkin and Alex DeBrincat. Patrick Kane returning to the lineup offers the opposition some extra distraction, too.

Quinton Byfield, W, Los Angeles Kings (81.5% accessible): A change in coach hasn’t resulted in Byfield coming off the Kings energy play, as they got here again from an prolonged all-star break to beat the Oilers 4-0. In reality, Byfield was the star of the sport for coach Jim Hiller’s debut — which ought to put him the great books. 15.9 fantasy factors (8 GP) 1.99 FPPG

Joonas Korpisalo, G, Ottawa Senators (76.9% accessible): He was a prime advised goal once I went over energy of schedules for goaltenders in final week’s column, and Korpisalo has already began paying out with a win towards the Leafs for his third consecutive W. We’ll actually discover out if he can string collectively some fantasy worth this week when the Sens tackle the Blue Jackets, Ducks and Blackhawks. Honestly, he might come out of the week on a six-sport profitable streak.

Jeremy Lauzon, D, Nashville Predators (93.2% accessible): He’s operating away with the NHL hits lead in much more convincing trend following this previous week’s NHL “hits audit” (far more on that in Tuesday’s column). But no matter whether or not the hits have counted for your staff all season or not, Lauzon stays broadly accessible and his bodily play is including as much as startable fantasy stats (1.94 FPPG in previous 10).

Stock down

Sean Monahan, C, Winnipeg Jets (76.7% accessible): The Jets have been having a on a little bit of a spiral they lastly pulled out of on Saturday, so it hasn’t been an awesome begin to the Winnipeg tenure of Monahan. That mentioned, he is nonetheless in a plum spot right here, holding down the second line with Cole Perfetti and Gabriel Vilardi, and additionally operating on the highest energy-play unit. Give him a while and the worth may come round once more when the Jets begin taking part in effectively once more. A matchup with the Sharks to start out the week ought to assist.

Evgeni Malkin, C, Pittsburgh Penguins (9.1% accessible): It’s been broke sufficient for a protracted sufficient time period that it is truly a little bit of a shock that it took this lengthy for the Penguins to take Malkin off the highest energy-play unit. Maybe it may possibly spur the benefit to start out scoring, but it surely’s dangerous information for Malkin within the meantime.

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Alex Wennberg, C, Seattle Kraken (98.6% accessible): The Kraken forwards are a great place to dip into for the beginning of the week with video games towards the Devils (fourth-most fantasy factors towards per sport to forwards) and Islanders (seventh most). Wennberg is centering veteran Jaden Schwartz and sniper Jared McCann, plus getting loads of energy-play time. Oliver Bjorkstrand, Jordan Eberle and Tomas Tatar are additionally accessible to throw on the early week in most leagues. All gamers talked about are hitting 1.7 fantasy factors per sport throughout their previous 5.

Adam Henrique, C, Anaheim Ducks (66.7% accessible): He’s nonetheless getting the factors rolling and the Canadiens are an awesome matchup for forwards, giving up the second-most fantasy factors per sport to opposing forwards. If this tempo retains up, Henrique will not be an choice for much longer.

Dylan Guenther, W, Arizona Coyotes (98.0% accessible): Some of the kids are vibing collectively on a line for the Coyotes, with Guenther particularly choosing up his tempo to the tune of two.28 FPPG throughout his previous 5. He’s getting some prime unit energy-play time along with his function with Barrett Hayton and Logan Cooley at 5-on-5.

Vitek Vanecek, G, New Jersey Devils (42.1% accessible): The sport towards the Kraken is the higher one for the Devils goaltender on this again-to-again set that additionally contains the Predators as an opponent to start out the week. Vanecek has some higher goaltending stats of late, although nonetheless not fairly to a dependable beginning stage. These matchups, whichever one he will get, each look first rate sufficient to take an opportunity. With Jack Hughes now within the lineup, the Devils are all the time a risk.