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Fantasy Hockey Forecaster: December 17th – 23rd

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The Rangers have a favorable three games this week

NHL: Arizona Coyotes at New York Rangers Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to this week’s Fantasy Hockey Forecaster! In here, you’ll find:

  • Each team’s ranking for goalies, forwards, PK and PP against the other teams in the league. These stats are as of 10/23.
  • Three players who are on fire (this might not even be points wise, it might be an uptick in play that signals to me they are on the cusp of some point production
  • Three players who are cooling off (this will also include players that aren’t materializing the way we expect)
  • Three free agent pickups (among all players under 50% owned, preferably some in the single digits and some that are close to 50 to feed all different sizes of leagues)
  • The schedule which will show each team they play and what the individual rankings are for each matchup, this is more useful in the daily leagues where you are looking at individual matchups

Let’s begin!

NHL Schedule Ranking Dec 17-23

Rank Team Games Goalie (30 Best, 1 Worst) Forward (30 Best, 1 Worst) PK (30 Best, 1 Worst) PP (30 Best, 1 Worst)
Rank Team Games Goalie (30 Best, 1 Worst) Forward (30 Best, 1 Worst) PK (30 Best, 1 Worst) PP (30 Best, 1 Worst)
1 Vegas Golden Knights 4 21 11 30 28
2 New York Rangers 3 17 16 27 27
3 Nashville Predators 3 18 14 22 31
4 Philadelphia Flyers 4 11 21 28 22
5 Colorado Avalanche 4 22 8 31 20
6 Florida Panthers 4 31 2 26 19
7 Detroit Red Wings 3 29 3 19 26
8 Winnipeg Jets 2 25 4 25 23
9 New Jersey Devils 4 1 31 20 25
10 St. Louis Blues 4 12 19 16 29
11 Tampa Bay Lightning 3 12 19 16 29
12 Boston Bruins 4 22 9 29 14
13 Toronto Maple Leafs 3 20 12 15 24
14 Arizona Coyotes 3 5 27 21 16
15 Dallas Stars 3 10 22 22 15
16 Columbus Blue Jackets 3 25 5 22 11
17 Ottawa Senators 4 2 30 16 11
18 Anaheim Ducks 4 14 18 10 17
19 Buffalo Sabres 4 8 23 6 21
20 Carolina Hurricanes 4 25 7 9 17
21 Washington Capitals 3 6 26 12 13
22 San Jose Sharks 4 18 15 13 7
23 Pittsburgh Penguins 4 25 6 13 8
24 Chicago Blackhawks 4 4 27 8 10
25 Montreal Canadiens 3 30 1 7 9
26 New York Islanders 3 16 13 11 6
27 Minnesota Wild 4 22 9 5 3
28 Los Angeles Kings 4 2 29 3 4
29 Vancouver Canucks 3 7 25 1 4
30 Calgary Flames 4 8 23 4 1
31 Edmonton Oilers 4 15 17 2 1

3 players who are on fire

  1. Mark Scheifele (97% owned) 11 points in the last two weeks including four power play points and 1 shorthanded point.
  2. Sean Monahan (90% owned). I’m a big Sean fan and he does this around this time each year, he will have a great month and have me all on board and then slowly diminish back to above average. 12 points including seven goals in his last two weeks.
  3. Carey Price (95% owned). Just when you forget about him he goes and does something like this (5 wins in his last six starts, 15 total GA) AND TOTALLY REDEEMS HIMSELF.

3 players who are cooling off

  1. Mathew Barzal (82% owned). He finally got a few assists lately (four in his last three games) but he has now gone 10 games without a goal, he has 1 power play point in his last 12 games and he’s not offering much in the plus/minus area.
  2. Vladimir Tarasenko (97% owned). Man, the Blues are not having a great season. Vladimir has 0 points in his last five games across 16 shots and a -9.
  3. Semyon Varlamov (86% owned). He’s tough to get a firm grasp on (as are the Aves). He has gone 1-2 in his last five starts (getting yanked twice for Phillip Grubauer).

3 free agent pickups (under 50%)

  1. Ondrej Kase (25% owned) with injuries and shuffling of lines, he sits on the top line with Ryan Getzlaf and Pontus Aberg. He wasted no time in amassing five goals and four assists over his last five games including a plus 1 and nine hits.
  2. Colton Sissons (15% owned) this is a short term blip, he’s on their third line who has been syncing well lately (Austin Watson and Nick Bonino). Three goals and three assists in the last four games.
  3. Zach Aston-Reese ( ). IF YOU CAN PICK HIM UP NOW. One of Pittsburgh’s top prospects was getting acclimated and now the team has blessed him on Malkin and Kessel’s line.

NHL Scheduler Dec 17-23

Weekly Avgs Mon, Dec 17 Tue, Dec 18 Wed, Dec 19 Thu, Dec 20 Fri, Dec 21 Sat, Dec 22 Sun, Dec 23
Weekly Avgs Mon, Dec 17 Tue, Dec 18 Wed, Dec 19 Thu, Dec 20 Fri, Dec 21 Sat, Dec 22 Sun, Dec 23
@ Pittsburgh Penguins @ New York Rangers 0 @ Boston Bruins 0 @ Buffalo Sabres 0
0
4
15 11 22 0 6 0 20 0
17 20 9 0 26 0 12 0
13 10 18 0 6 0 19 0
17 8 27 0 24 0 9 0
0 vs. New York Islanders 0 vs. Montreal Canadiens 0 vs. Colorado Avalanche @ San Jose Sharks
3
1
10 0 19 0 13 0 2 7
22 0 13 0 19 0 30 25
17 0 27 0 30 0 2 9
17 0 17 0 26 0 21 3
@ Montreal Canadiens 0 0 vs. Anaheim Ducks 0 vs. Nashville Predators @ Carolina Hurricanes
2
2
19 14 0 0 26 0 8 28
13 18 0 0 6 0 24 4
26 30 0 0 25 0 26 23
16 26 0 0 14 0 12 13
0 vs. Florida Panthers 0 0 @ Washington Capitals vs. Anaheim Ducks 0
2
1
13 0 11 0 0 3 26 0
19 0 21 0 0 29 6 0
11 0 5 0 0 4 25 0
18 0 19 0 0 22 14 0
0 0 0 vs. Detroit Red Wings 0 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Boston Bruins
3
0
20 0 0 0 21 0 9 30
12 0 0 0 12 0 23 2
12 0 0 0 20 0 10 6
17 0 0 0 19 0 8 24
0 @ Dallas Stars 0 vs. Tampa Bay Lightning 0 vs. St. Louis Blues 0
2
1
13 0 9 0 3 0 28 0
19 0 23 0 29 0 4 0
9 0 14 0 3 0 10 0
5 0 5 0 6 0 4 0
0 vs. Nashville Predators 0 @ Dallas Stars @ Colorado Avalanche 0 vs. Florida Panthers
2
2
10 0 8 0 9 12 0 11
22 0 24 0 23 19 0 21
12 0 26 0 14 2 0 5
14 0 12 0 5 21 0 19
vs. Vegas Golden Knights 0 0 vs. New Jersey Devils 0 @ Philadelphia Flyers @ New Jersey Devils
2
2
20 20 0 0 17 0 27 16
12 11 0 0 14 0 5 17
19 16 0 0 17 0 27 17
15 7 0 0 11 0 31 11
vs. New York Islanders 0 vs. Montreal Canadiens 0 vs. Chicago Blackhawks @ Arizona Coyotes 0
3
1
19 19 0 13 0 15 29 0
13 13 0 19 0 17 2 0
28 27 0 30 0 31 22 0
18 17 0 26 0 29 1 0
0 vs. Calgary Flames 0 vs. Chicago Blackhawks 0 @ Minnesota Wild vs. New York Islanders
3
1
14 0 16 0 15 0 4 19
18 0 14 0 17 0 28 13
19 0 12 0 31 0 7 27
17 0 18 0 29 0 2 17
0 @ Philadelphia Flyers 0 @ Carolina Hurricanes 0 vs. Florida Panthers @ Toronto Maple Leafs
1
3
21 0 27 0 28 0 11 18
11 0 5 0 4 0 21 14
16 0 27 0 23 0 5 8
20 0 31 0 13 0 19 15
0 vs. St. Louis Blues 0 0 0 vs. Tampa Bay Lightning 0
2
0
16 0 28 0 0 0 3 0
17 0 4 0 0 0 29 0
7 0 10 0 0 0 3 0
5 0 4 0 0 0 6 0
0 @ Buffalo Sabres 0 @ Toronto Maple Leafs 0 @ Detroit Red Wings @ Chicago Blackhawks
0
4
22 0 20 0 18 0 24 25
10 0 12 0 14 0 8 6
20 0 19 0 8 0 20 31
18 0 9 0 15 0 19 29
@ Columbus Blue Jackets 0 0 vs. New York Islanders 0 vs. Montreal Canadiens vs. Los Angeles Kings
3
1
18 10 0 0 19 0 13 31
14 22 0 0 13 0 19 1
27 23 0 0 27 0 30 29
22 16 0 0 17 0 26 28
0 vs. Winnipeg Jets 0 0 0 @ San Jose Sharks @ Vegas Golden Knights
1
2
9 0 6 0 0 0 7 15
22 0 26 0 0 0 25 16
9 0 1 0 0 0 9 16
6 0 9 0 0 0 3 7
0 vs. San Jose Sharks 0 @ Pittsburgh Penguins 0 vs. Dallas Stars 0
2
1
19 0 17 0 11 0 29 0
13 0 16 0 20 0 3 0
11 0 9 0 10 0 14 0
5 0 3 0 8 0 5 0
vs. Boston Bruins 0 @ Colorado Avalanche @ Arizona Coyotes 0 @ Vegas Golden Knights 0
1
3
22 30 0 12 29 0 15 0
10 2 0 19 2 0 16 0
12 6 0 2 22 0 16 0
13 24 0 21 1 0 7 0
0 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 0 @ Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Ottawa Senators 0 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets
3
1
7 0 1 0 10 10 0 7
25 0 31 0 22 21 0 25
17 0 8 0 23 13 0 23
19 0 15 0 16 30 0 16
@ Ottawa Senators @ Chicago Blackhawks 0 @ Philadelphia Flyers 0 @ Boston Bruins 0
0
4
17 8 25 0 27 0 6 0
15 24 6 0 5 0 26 0
19 13 31 0 27 0 6 0
29 30 29 0 31 0 24 0
@ Colorado Avalanche @ Arizona Coyotes 0 @ Vegas Golden Knights 0 0 @ Dallas Stars
0
4
16 12 29 0 15 0 0 9
15 19 2 0 16 0 0 23
14 2 22 0 16 0 0 14
9 21 1 0 7 0 0 5
0 vs. Anaheim Ducks 0 0 0 @ Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Philadelphia Flyers
2
1
16 0 26 0 0 0 18 5
16 0 6 0 0 0 14 27
20 0 25 0 0 0 8 27
20 0 14 0 0 0 15 31
vs. Nashville Predators 0 0 0 @ New Jersey Devils vs. Washington Capitals 0
2
1
9 8 0 0 0 16 4 0
23 24 0 0 0 17 28 0
16 26 0 0 0 17 4 0
15 12 0 0 0 11 22 0
0 vs. Detroit Red Wings 0 vs. Nashville Predators 0 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets @ New York Rangers
3
1
15 0 21 0 8 0 7 22
18 0 12 0 24 0 25 9
22 0 20 0 26 0 23 18
19 0 19 0 12 0 16 27
vs. Anaheim Ducks 0 @ Washington Capitals vs. Minnesota Wild 0 @ Carolina Hurricanes 0
2
2
20 26 0 3 23 0 28 0
12 6 0 29 9 0 4 0
15 25 0 4 7 0 23 0
13 14 0 22 2 0 13 0
0 @ Minnesota Wild 0 vs. Winnipeg Jets 0 vs. Los Angeles Kings vs. Arizona Coyotes
3
1
17 0 4 0 6 0 31 25
16 0 28 0 26 0 1 7
15 0 7 0 1 0 29 22
10 0 2 0 9 0 28 1
0 @ Edmonton Oilers 0 @ Vancouver Canucks 0 @ Calgary Flames 0
0
3
15 0 21 0 22 0 1 0
17 0 11 0 9 0 31 0
16 0 15 0 20 0 12 0
22 0 23 0 25 0 18 0
0 @ Vancouver Canucks 0 @ Calgary Flames 0 @ Edmonton Oilers 0
0
3
15 0 22 0 1 0 21 0
17 0 9 0 31 0 11 0
16 0 20 0 12 0 15 0
22 0 25 0 18 0 23 0
0 @ New Jersey Devils 0 vs. Florida Panthers 0 vs. New York Rangers vs. Detroit Red Wings
3
1
18 0 16 0 11 0 24 21
15 0 17 0 21 0 8 12
15 0 17 0 5 0 18 20
19 0 11 0 19 0 27 19
0 vs. Tampa Bay Lightning 0 vs. St. Louis Blues 0 vs. Winnipeg Jets 0
3
0
12 0 3 0 28 0 6 0
20 0 29 0 4 0 26 0
5 0 3 0 10 0 1 0
6 0 6 0 4 0 9 0
0 0 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins 0 vs. Buffalo Sabres @ Ottawa Senators 0
2
1
10 0 0 9 0 14 8 0
22 0 0 23 0 18 24 0
14 0 0 10 0 19 13 0
16 0 0 8 0 9 30 0
0 @ Los Angeles Kings 0 @ San Jose Sharks 0 @ Vancouver Canucks 0
0
3
20 0 31 0 7 0 22 0
12 0 1 0 25 0 9 0
19 0 29 0 9 0 20 0
19 0 28 0 3 0 25 0