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Welcome to week 8 of the Fantasy Planner, getting you ready for next week's fantasy hockey action. (11/23 through 11/29).

Week 8 Matchups
Teams with 4 Games: Anaheim, Boston, Carolina, Calgary, Columbus, Colorado, Dallas, Detroit, Edmonton, Florida, Nashville, NY Rangers, Philadelphia, Phoenix, St. Louis
Teams with 2 Games: LA, Montreal, New Jersey, Vancouver, Washington

It's a busy week on the schedule, as half the teams will be playing four games. The Ducks are looking at four home games, while Colorado, Dallas, Nashville and Edmonton have 3 each along with a road contest.

Who's Hot

Pekka Rinne (G - NAS) - Rinne won four games last week, and allowed only 6 goals in the process. Nashville is suddenly on a roll, thanks in large part to the play of Rinne.

Niklas Kronwall (D - DET) - Kronwall has 3 goals and 4 assists in the past 7 games. Kronwall started the season rather slowly, but seems to be in top form at this point, showing the scoring knack that helped take Detroit to the finals last spring.

Ilya Kovalchuk (F - ATL) - Kovalchuk came back a little early from the broken foot, but it didn't seem to matter, as he continued his insane scoring pace. Since returning, he has 11 points in 4 games. The Thrashers better sign this guy soon.

Who's Cold

Mikael Samuelsson (F - VAN) - Samuelsson has just one assist in his last 5 games and is starting to fall off the radar of relevant fantasy forwards. If you're still holding on to him at this point, you may want to ask yourself why. Even at his best in Detroit last year, he was a borderline starter at best.

Paul Kariya (F - STL) - Kariya kicked off the season with 4 points in his first two games. Since then, he has 3 points in 18 games. It's inconceivable that he won't start scoring soon, but it's hard to justify keeping a guy on your roster who hasn't registered a single point in 11 games.

Martin Havlat (F - MIN) - What's wrong with Havlat? He was supposed to cushion the loss of Gaborik. He has struggled with some minor injuries so far, but that doesn't explain 2 goals in 19 games. I'm still keeping him on my bench, because I believe he's a premier scorer who will recover sooner or later.

Jonathan Ericsson (D - DET) - Ericsson went on a hot streak in late October, prompting many to pick him up. Since then, he's gone stone cold, with just 1 assist in his last 6 games. It's safe to let him go at this point and find a better option.

Waiver Watch
Here are a few other names who may be available in your league and are worth a look:

Brandon Sutter (F - CAR) - There isn't a whole lot to be excited about in Carolina this season, but there is one bright, emerging star that is probably available in your league. Brandon Sutter is on a tear. He has a four game point streak, and if you've watched him play lately, you've seen that he's carried the team in the past week. Sutters aren't historically known for putting up big points, but this generation may be a different breed. Grab him now and thank me later.

Carey Price (G - MON) - Many GMs were quick to give up on Price when he struggled out of the gate. All of a sudden, he's back in the game. Price has averaged 2 goals against and 30+ saves for his last 5 starts. May be worth adding him to your bench if he's still out there.

Mike Fisher (F - OTT) - Maybe it's the whole Carrie Underwood thing, but all of a sudden, Mike Fisher has become a scoring threat in Ottawa. He's sitting at a point a game and has 5 points in his last 2 games.

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