NHL Player News: All Positions

News: Letang (upper body) is expected to return for Tuesday's game in Carolina, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Impact: The star blueliner missed the last 11 games after suffering his injury against the Flyers on Feb. 23. Letang's return should send Zach Trotman to the press box, while Letang should be good to go in all fantasy formats.
News: Letang (upper body) will be a game-time decision versus Carolina on Tuesday, Michelle Crechiolo of Pens Inside Scoop reports.
Impact: The fact that Letang took part in power-play drills at Tuesday's game-day skate is a pretty good indication he will be in action against the Canes. The blueliner figures to pair up with Brian Dumoulin and could split time on the No. 1 PP with Justin Schultz. Once Tanger is back in the lineup, Zach Trotman should find himself relegated to the press box.
News: Kane supplied a pair of assists, one on the power play, in Monday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Canucks.
Impact: Kane became the third player over 100 points this season with 41 goals and 60 apples. Kane also set a new career high in shots, with his four Monday giving him 296 for the year. It's safe to say his career high in points (106 in 2015-16) is in danger of being topped if the right wing stays hot to end the year.
News: Malkin is week-to-week with an upper-body injury, according to head coach Mike Sullivan.
Impact: It's a huge blow for the Penguins and fantasy owners alike to lose the Russian center for any length of the time this late in the season. In Malkin's absence, Teddy Blueger or Nick Bjugstad seem most likely to fill the second-line center role.
News: Malkin (undisclosed) will not suit up for Sunday's contest against Philadelphia, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Impact: Malkin took a big cross-check against the Blues on Saturday that apparently had a lingering effect. The 6-foot-3 Russian should be considered day-to-day until a further update is available.
News: Giroux (illness) will suit up for Sunday's showdown in Pittsburgh, Sam Carchidi of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impact: The Flyers' captain was in danger of missing his first game since the 2015-16 season but will assume his usual top-six role. Plug Giroux into fantasy lineups for all formats as usual.
News: Fleury (lower body) is out Sunday against Edmonton and is considered day-to-day.
Impact: Leading the NHL with 35 wins, Fleury's absence is a big one for the Golden Knights. The injury also puts his status for Monday's contest in San Jose in question. Max Lagace was recalled from AHL Chicago on Sunday, but Malcolm Subban will likely get the starting nod against the Oilers.
News: Giroux will be a game-time decision against the Penguins on Sunday due to illness, Sam Carchidi of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impact: Giroux is tied with Calgary's Sean Monahan and Jonathan Huberdeau for 22nd in the league with 78 points (20 goals, 56 assists) through 71 games apiece. Given Giroux's high-profile status, there's a chance that another update will surface on the showstopping pivot before pregame warmups, but fantasy owners are advised to line up alternatives ahead of time in case he can't give it a go.
News: Perron (upper body) was removed from injured reserve Saturday, signaling that he'll be good to go against the Penguins.
Impact: The Blues sent rookie Jordan Kyrou back to AHL San Antonio in a corresponding move. Perron's fashioned 17 goals and 18 assists over 45 games in his third career stint with the Blues. He seems to be picking his spots well based on a career-best shooting percentage (20.0), and the top-six winger has 10 power-play points to boot. Perron will be a sneaky DFS option on the heels of a 24-game injury hiatus.
News: Monahan (illness) won't be in Winnipeg for Saturday's game against the Jets, Erik Francis of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: Monahan left Friday's game against the Rangers due to the illness, and it's rather discouraging that he didn't even travel to Winnipeg for this clash against the Jets. First-year Flame Derek Ryan figures to assume his top-line center spot for the time being, but there's no such thing as a lateral replacement for Monahan, who has generated 31 goals and a career-high 45 assists through 71 games this season.
News: Tkachuk scored twice and added a trio of helpers in Friday's 5-1 win over the Rangers.
Impact: Tkachuk factored in on every Flames goal for the best game of his career to date. He added five shots on goal, three hits and a plus-5 rating. The stellar performance gives the winger 73 points (32 goals, 41 assists) in 71 games this year. With 10 points in his last three games, there aren't many players hotter than Tkachuk right now.
News: Fleury made 40 saves on 41 shots to win his sixth consecutive game in a 2-1 victory against the Stars on Friday.
Impact: The veteran goaltender has absolutely been on fire this month. Since Feb. 26, he's won six straight and posted a .973 save percentage during the streak. Fleury is 5-0-0 with a .975 save percentage in March, and the celebrated backstop leads the league with 35 victories and eight shutouts. His overall ratios are looking quite steady as well, as he now owns a 2.46 GAA and a .914 save mark through 59 games this season.
News: Kane (personal) will be in the lineup for Saturday's matchup with Nashville, Paul Gackle of Bay Area News Group reports.
Impact: Kane was away from the team for personal reasons, but he will rejoin the club Saturday. The winger figures to slot into a second-line role and will almost certainly be back on the power play, where he is averaging 1:46 of ice time and has recorded 10 of his 51 points this season.
News: Bishop is considered questionable to return to Thursday's game against the Wild due to a lower-body injury, Matthew DeFranks of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: The fact that Bishop is considered questionable to return suggests his injury likely isn't overly serious, but the Stars are currently leading Minnesota 3-1 midway through the second period, so they probably won't risk exacerbating the issue by putting him back in. Another update on the American netminder's status should be released ahead of Friday's matchup with Vegas.
News: Roussel will miss the rest of the season with the knee injury he suffered in Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Rangers.
Impact: Roussel finishes his first campaign in Vancouver with a career-high 31 points (nine goals) in 65 games, finally topping the 30-point mark after coming within five points of doing so four times in six seasons with Dallas. He still has three seasons left on his contract after this one at a $3 million AAV.
News: Chabot is considered week-to-week moving forward due to a broken toe and hopes to rejoin the action at some point this season, Brent Wallace of TSN.ca reports.
Impact: Chabot has really come into his own offensively in his third year at the NHL level, racking up 13 goals and 36 assists over 62 contests. Unfortunately, there's a chance it may end there if his toe issue doesn't progress quickly. An already subpar Senators squad will be without one of its key contributors for the foreseeable future, so opposing netminders, who have already fared well against the Senators of late, will have a little less firepower to contend with.
News: Gaudreau put his scoring slump to rest with three goals and three assists in Tuesday's 9-4 win over the Devils.
Impact: It was a dominant performance by the winger, who fired eight shots on goal and went plus-3 in the contest. Gaudreau's six points gave him 90 for the year (33 goals, 57 helpers), as well as a new personal best for points in a game. The performance came as part of a 14-point night for the top line of Gaudreau, Sean Monahan, and Elias Lindholm. Gaudreau now finds himself in a tie for fourth in league scoring with the historic night.
News: Coach John Hynes relayed Monday that Hall (knee) has been ruled out through the end of March, as he won't return until the season's last two-three games at the earliest, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Impact: New Jersey's third-to-last game of the season comes April 1, so Hall won't be back earlier than that, if at all. It may be time for owners who have been holding on to last season's Hart Trophy winner to cut bait, especially if they lack an IR spot in which to stash Hall, who last suited up Dec. 23.
News: Eichel has been suspended two games for Saturday's hit to the head of Colorado's Carl Soderberg, Mike Harrington of TBNSports reports.
Impact: This is an ill-timed suspension for owners counting on some late-season heroics from the 2015 second-overall pick. Eichel will miss home games Tuesday and Thursday against Dallas and Pittsburgh, respectively, before getting the chance to add to his season total of 72 points through 65 games Saturday in Carolina.
News: Tarasenko (upper body) will be reevaluated in 10 days, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
Impact: This news is a massive blow to both the Blues and Tarasenko's fantasy owners, as it implies at least a medium-term absence for the talented Russian, who has missed one game thus far with the injury. He'll press pause on a campaign that's included 28 goals and 58 points through 66 appearances, putting Tarasenko two goals shy of reaching 30 for the fifth consecutive campaign.
News: Voracek has been suspended two games for his hit on Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk on Saturday.
Impact: Voracek put Boychuk into the concussion protocol when he caught the blueliner up high as Boychuk was going in for a hit of his own. The owner of 18 goals and 61 points through 66 games will sit out Monday against Ottawa and Thursday against Washington before being eligible to return Friday in Toronto.
News: Kucherov scored twice Saturday, including the game-winner, in a 3-2 win over Detroit.
Impact: Wow. He just set a new record for most points in a season by a Lightning player. Kucherov has 110 points (33 goals, 77 assists) in 69 games, passing the previous franchise mark (108) set by Vincent Lecavalier in 2006-07. And to think the Bolts grabbed Kucherov at the end of the second round in the 2011 draft.
News: Stolarz will start in goal against the visiting Maple Leafs on Saturday, Bob Stauffer of the Oilers Radio Network reports.
Impact: Mikko Koskinen was originally expected to start, but he's come down with an illness, so it'll be Stolarz in his Oilers starting debut facing a Maple Leafs club with a plus-50 goal differential and 5-3-2 record over its past 10 games. The inexperienced netminder isn't a recommended fantasy play due to the daunting matchup and the fact that he won't end up getting a lot of time to prepare for the Buds.
News: Koskinen won't start Saturday's game against Toronto due to an illness, Bob Stauffer of the Oilers Radio Network reports.
Impact: Koskinen was expected to get the start in goal for a fifth straight game Saturday, but an illness has derailed those plans for the Oilers. With Koskinen under the weather, Anthony Stolarz will guard the cage against the Maple Leafs.
News: Tarasenko will miss Saturday's game against San Jose due to an upper-body injury, Jim Thomas of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: This qualifies as a surprising late scratch for Tarasenko, as he looked rather spry on the way to a two-point, plus-2 effort to the detriment of the Kings on Thursday. Robby Fabbri watched the previous three contests from the press box, but he may reemerge as an indirect replacement for Tarasenko against the Sharks.
News: Kadri (concussion) will return Saturday versus the Oilers, Derek Van Diest of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Look for Kadri to slot in on the third line with Patrick Marleau and William Nylander as his flankers. We can also expect Kadri to return to a power play that ranks eighth in the league at 22.4 percent between the two groupings, as he continues to fly under the radar with the likes of John Tavares and Auston Matthews drawing so much attention in the top six.
News: Tatar (illness) won't play in Friday's road game versus the Ducks, Eric Engels of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Impact: Tatar has been hot lately with seven points in the last 10 games. It's unclear who will bump up to the first line, but Jonathan Drouin appears to be a top candidate for the position. The Canadiens have three days off before Tuesday's game versus the Red Wings, so Tatar has a good chance to get back in then.
News: Landeskog suffered an upper-body injury that will sideline him for 4-to-6 weeks.
Impact: Even if Landeskog can return on the four-week side of his prognosis, he is effectively done for the regular season. The winger will need his teammates to track down Minnesota or Dallas for a wild-card spot if he is going to see ice this year in the playoffs. Even before getting hurt, the Swede put together a career year, as he set new personal bests in goals (33), points (69) and shooting percentage (14.3). Derick Brassard figures to get bumped to the top line in Landeskog's absence.
News: Karlsson (groin) disclosed Friday that he won't be ready to rejoin the action "anytime soon," but said he will be back for the start of the playoffs and hopes to play a few games before then, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Karlsson's status has gotten gloomier by the day. Just Tuesday, he was only ruled out for the next two games, but it appears he's headed for an extended absence that could last as far as the remainder of the regular season. The Sharks lose out on some offensive potency from the blue line down the stretch without the star defenseman, who has tallied three goals and 42 assists through 52 contests. Karlsson can be dropped in extremely shallow leagues, though he could still be worth a bench stash in select others to see whether a late-season return is in the cards.
News: Larkin (back) is dealing with a neck strain, and while it's not believed to be serious, the top-line pivot isn't expected to play Saturday or Sunday, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.
Impact: Larkin's trying to work past a lingering back issue, and with his neck evidently bothersome as well, the Wings won't be taking any chances with the prized forward. Barring a sudden turnaround with his health, Larkin will miss road games against the Lightning and Panthers, respectively.
News: Voracek (lower body) will be fit to play in Saturday's game against the Islanders, Bill Meltzer of NHL.com reports.
Impact: A previous report indicated that Voracek wasn't at practice Friday, but he ended up joining the team and took part in special teams drills, per Dave Isaac of the Courier Post. Voracek has produced 18 goals and 41 assists -- including 15 power-play points -- through 65 games this season, so don't hesitate to plug him back into lineups at this time.
News: Andersen will play 56 games this season, according to Leafs' coach Mike Babcock.
Impact: This is devastating news for fantasy owners who are counting on the Great Dane down the stretch or in head-to-head playoffs. Andersen has already started 49 games, so that means backup Garret Sparks will end up in about half of Toronto's remaining games until season's end. It's great for the Leafs to have a rested goalie for the postseason, as Andersen struggled last year (.896 save percentage) after starting 66 games. But fantasy owners need to plan to get to a title.
News: Bobrovsky will not suit up for Thursday's clash with Pittsburgh, Josh Getzoff of PensTV reports.
Impact: Coach John Tortorella didn't elaborate on the reason for Bobrovsky being scratched, other than to say it wasn't related to his recent performances, Brian Hedger of NHL.com reports. With three goalies on the roster, it could be as simple as getting the Russian some extra rest, though a pivotal matchup against a division rival in a game that will have postseason implications seems like the ideal time to use your No. 1 netminder. Joonas Korpisalo will get the nod against Pittsburgh on Thursday, while Bobrovsky might take the reverse fixture at home Saturday.
News: Larkin (back) will not play Thursday night against the Rangers.
Impact: According to this latest report, Larkin's back issue has been lingering, and with the Wings well out of the playoff picture, it's no surprise that the young leader is being held out. Detroit very well could play forward/defenseman Luke Witkowski in Larkin's absence, but it's also conceivable that a reinforcement will be summoned from AHL Grand Rapids for the upcoming home contest.
News: Green (virus) will miss the balance of the 2018-19 campaign.
Impact: Green's focus is squarely on recovering from a liver-attacking virus that initially crept up on him in training camp and has unfortunately been reactivated. There was hope that the mobile rearguard would be fine to return after 7-to-10 days off the ice, but the Red Wings have virtually no chance of making the playoffs, so it makes sense that he's been shut down completely. This should open up more playing time for the newly acquired Madison Bowey, plus rookies Filip Hronek and Dennis Cholowski, assuming the latter ultimately returns from AHL Grand Rapids.
News: Karlsson (groin) will be sidelined for the Sharks' next two games, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: At this point, the Sharks have little incentive to rush Karlsson back into the lineup and are probably better suited to let him get back to 100 percent. The world-class defender has already missed 12 of the team's previous 17 contests due to injury. As a result, the Swede figures to miss the 60-point mark for the first time since the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign.
News: Kucherov generated two power-play assists in Tuesday's win over the Jets.
Impact: Kucherov waited until late in the second period to get on the scoresheet with an assist, and he added another helper on Brayden Point's insurance score in the third frame. With his 108th point of the season, Kucherov tied Vincent Lecavalier for Tampa Bay's record of most points in a single season. The most remarkable part? Kucherov still has 15 games to go.
News: Crosby lit the lamp and dished out two assists in Tuesday's overtime win versus the Panthers.
Impact: The Metropolitan Division is up for grabs, and nobody is playing better hockey right now than Crosby. He assisted Jake Guentzel's goal just 16 seconds into the second period to notch his 1,200th career point. But Crosby wasn't finished. He also scored on the power play and assisted Guentzel's game-winning goal in overtime. Crosby now has five straight multi-point games and 24 points (seven goals, 17 assists) in the last 11 outings.
News: Lehner left Tuesday's game versus the Senators after getting knocked down by Brady Tkachuk, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Impact: Tkachuk broke hard to the net and was bumped into Lehner by Brock Nelson. The Senators scored on the play, and the review deemed there was no goaltender interference. Thomas Greiss came in as relief.
News: Ward suffered a knee injury and will be out 7-to-10 days, Eric Lear of the Blackhawks' official site reports.
Impact: Collin Delia was emergency recalled from AHL Rockford to fill Ward's spot for the time being. Ward has struggled of late with a 4.33 GAA in the last five outings. He will look to return March 13 for a road game versus the Maple Leafs.
News: Green will miss 7-10 days due to the return of a virus that initially surfaced at the start of the season, Dana Wakiji of the Red Wings' official site reports.
Impact: This is discouraging news for Green, as the defenseman missed the first nine games of the 2018-19 campaign due to this virus, which attacks the liver. This issue rendered Green questionable for Saturday's game against the Coyotes, and while he ultimately appeared in that contest, the power-play quarterback went minus-2 with only one shot over 23 minutes of ice time in a 3-1 loss. Green is expected to miss at least five games while he's on the shelf this time.
News: Radulov will be scratched against the Rangers on Tuesday after showing up late to practice, Matthew DeFranks of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: It's a bold move by coach Jim Montgomery to bench the star winger while the team is making a playoff push, but rules are rules. Rather than call-up a player from AHL Texas, Dallas will utilize seven defensemen with Jamie Oleksiak slotting into the lineup. Jason Spezza figures to be the most likely candidate to jump up to the top line with Tyler Seguin. Look for Radulov to return to action against Colorado on Thursday.
News: Voracek (lower body) was absent from warmups and won't play in Sunday's game versus the Islanders, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Impact: It's unclear where Voracek suffered this injury, but the condition finds him at a bad time since he's on a four-game, nine-point streak. According to Bill Meltzer of NHL.com, Voracek is considered day-to-day. The Flyers only have 11 other healthy forwards on the roster, so they'll have to roll with seven defensemen. Ryan Hartman is expected to bump up to the second line in Voracek's place.
News: Parise (undisclosed) will not suit up for Saturday's game against the Flames, Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: Parise had been on fire recently, notching five points in his last four games, so his exclusion from the lineup is a tough one for the Wild to swallow. The lack of a scorer could be even more noticeable against a Calgary squad that can light up the box score -- the Flames rank second in the league in scoring (3.59 goals per game). He won't have to wait long for his next opportunity to dress, with the Wild hosting the Predators in Minneapolis on Sunday.
News: Burns is dealing with an illness that leaves him questionable for Sunday's home game against the Blackhawks, Curtis Pashelka of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Impact: This flu reportedly caused Burns to miss Saturday's skate. Given his high-profile status, there will be no shortage of media types looking to get an update from Sharks coach Peter DeBoer on Burns ahead of the Sharks' next contest. We'll follow up accordingly when more information is disclosed.
News: Benn (upper body) will return Saturday for a game against the Blues, Mike Heika of the Stars' official site reports.
Impact: Heika said Benn "feels great," so we fully expect him to reprise his role within the top six and No. 1 power-play unit against St. Louis. Assuming the projected line assignments hold true, Benn will form the second line with rookie Joel L'Esperence and Jason Spezza.
News: Stepan will be out of action for 4-6 weeks due to a lower-body injury.
Impact: While a four-week timeline does leave the door open for Stepan to return before the end of the regular season, it seems likely the center won't be ready to return until the playoffs. The 28-year-old will miss out on recording a sixth straight 50-plus point campaign and will record his lowest point total (he currently has 32 points in 64 games) of his NHL career.
News: Getzlaf (upper body) won't play Friday against Vegas, Eric Stephens of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Getzlaf will miss a fifth straight game Friday, and although he's been skating on his own since Tuesday, he still hasn't returned to practice with his teammates, so he should probably be considered questionable at best for Sunday's matchup with Colorado. Another update on the veteran pivot's status will undoubtedly surface prior to puck drop Sunday afternoon.
News: Kane will miss Friday's matchup with Colorado due to a mid-body injury, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Kane's absence will be hard for the Sharks to replace, considering the winger has racked up 27 goals and 24 helpers this season. The Vancouver native needs just six more points to match his 2011-12 career high, though the length of his potential absence could sidetrack his ability to hit that threshold. Depending on the health of Marcus Sorensen (face), Lukas Radil could slot back into the lineup.
News: Huberdeau racked up three assists in the first period and added a goal in the third period of Thursday's 6-5 loss to the Golden Knights.
Impact: The whole top line of Huberdeau, Mike Hoffman, and Aleksander Barkov was buzzing for the Panthers in this one. Huberdeau's stellar performance gives him 65 points in 63 games this year. Two of his assists came with the man advantage, running his power-play point total to 27. He added six shots and two hits in the contest, which amounts to icing on the cake in arguably his best game of the season.
News: Stepan exited Thursday's 5-2 win over the Canucks in the third period after suffering an apparent leg injury, Craig Morgan of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The Coyotes have yet to release any details regarding the severity of Stepan's injury, but his departure from the ice wasn't encouraging, as he was unable to put any weight on his left leg while being helped to the locker room by his teammates. Another update on the 28-year-old pivot's condition will undoubtedly be released prior to Saturday's game against the Red Wings.
News: Kovalchuk won't play Thursday against the Stars due to an upper-body injury.
Impact: This news comes as a surprise, as there was no indication that Kovalchuk was dealing with an injury until he didn't take the ice for pregame warmups. The veteran forward is considered day-to-day with his upper-body issue, so there's a chance he'll be ready to return Saturday against Chicago.
News: Edler (face) is no longer listed on injured reserve, per the NHL's official media site.
Impact: Edler was previously considered a game-time decision for Thursday's matchup with Arizona, but his activation off IR all but confirms he'll make his return to the lineup against the Coyotes. The veteran blueliner, who's notched five goals and 20 points in 38 appearances this campaign, will likely return to a top-pairing role as well as a spot on the Canucks' first power-play unit.
News: Karlsson will miss at least a week with a suspected groin injury, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: This unfortunate news was relayed from Sharks coach Peter DeBoer, who spoke in reference to Karlsson's injury from Tuesday's game against the Bruins. The stud blueliner will have a tough time matching the 62-point output that he accrued as a Senator last season -- especially with consideration to this latest injury -- but EK65 still has three goals and 42 helpers donning the Toothed Teal. Expect Joakim Ryan and/or Tim Heed to step up in his absence.
News: Hall had arthroscopic surgery on his knee, which raises doubts about his availability the rest of the season, John Shannon of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: The Devils have kept the nature of Hall's injury close to the vest, but the fact that he underwent a procedure on his knee explains why the world-class winger has been limited to off-ice work and unable to skate of late. At this point, the Calgary native should probably be considered week-to-week, though he is running out of weeks in the season.
News: Rakell was given 15 PIM in a 4-3 loss to the Blackhawks on Wednesday.
Impact: In the first minute of the second period, Rakell boarded Drake Caggiula, which warranted the ejection. Rakell's bad February (one goal and one helper in 13 games) may end on an even worse note, as he could be up for supplemental discipline for the hit.
News: Toews fueled a comeback with a pair of assists in Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Ducks.
Impact: Toews assisted on goals by winger Alex DeBrincat and Patrick Kane to flip the result in the third period. Toews' point streak is at seven games, with four goals and six assists in that span. Toews is in the midst of a career year, with 66 points in 65 games. The 30-year-old center is showing he's not done being an elite player in all aspects of the game.
News: Rantanen netted a power-play goal in Wednesday's 3-2 shootout win over the Canucks.
Impact: The goal came on five shots in the contest. Rantanen also had one of the two tallies in the shootout to help his team earn the extra point. Rantanen is up to 81 points this season, and while he's more of a playmaker, he does have 27 goals as well. The Finn is on a five-game point streak, with three goals and two assists in that span.
News: Gardiner (back) is considered week-to-week.
Impact: Gardiner has been dealing with back spasms for much of the 2018-19 campaign, so it appears as though the Maple Leafs have decided to shut him down for awhile in order to ensure he'll be as close to 100 percent as possible once the playoffs get underway. Igor Ozhiganov will likely have a permanent spot in Toronto's lineup until Gardiner is cleared to return.
News: Crawford will guard the cage in Wednesday's road game against the Ducks.
Impact: Crawford has been sidelined for over two months due to a concussion, so he'll likely have some rust to shake off during his return to action Wednesday. However, the Blackhawks couldn't have picked a better opponent for Crawford to face in his first game back, as the Ducks are only averaging 2.16 goals per game this campaign, good for worst in the NHL.
News: Palmieri is week-to-week with a lower-body injury, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Impact: Several prominent Devils forwards are tending to injuries, which severely diminishes their collective fantasy appeal, but it's worth considering stacking players against them in DFS contests so long as they have an inexperienced skeleton crew holding down the fort. Palmieri, who's compiled 26 goals and 22 assists through 63 games, should miss at least the next four contests and an IR stint is possible.
News: Wood is dealing with an ankle fracture that will keep him out for approximately four weeks, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Impact: The Devils have been slammed by injuries up front, as Taylor Hall, Kyle Palmieri and Jesper Bratt are dealing with lower-body injuries, Pavel Zacha is hampered by an upper-body issue -- joining even more Devils in the medical room -- and now Wood will be lucky to see a few games left on the regular-season schedule by the time he's ready to return. The additions of Blake Pietila and Nick Lappin will help stabilize the forward corps, but it'll be difficult for either of them to match the 0.375 points-per-game pace from Wood.
News: Shaw put on an offensive clinic Tuesday, scoring three goals in an 8-1 win over the Red Wings.
Impact: Shaw's first of the night came off a great pass from Max Domi which gave Montreal a 2-0 lead early in the second period. The rugged winger scored his second before the end of the second and finished off his first career hat trick with a goal in the latter stages of the third period. Since returning from a 15-game absence due to a neck injury, Shaw has nine points in nine contests. On the season, the 27-year-old has scored 16 times and recorded 33 points in 45 games.
News: Karlsson (groin) was absent from the bench to start the third period of Tuesday's game versus the Bruins, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: In the second period, Karlsson went down in major pain with an apparent groin injury and went straight the the locker room. After missing a few shifts there, he returned to the ice but was clearly still in pain. Now it appears the team will hold him out for the rest of the game so the full extent of his injury can be evaluated.
News: Faulk suffered an upper-body injury and won't return to Tuesday's game versus the Kings, Sara Civian of The Athletic reports.
Impact: It's tough to grade the severity of Faulk's injury since there's simply no reason to insert him back into a game and risk further aggravation when the Hurricanes are leading 6-0. The 26-year-old has 23 points through 63 games, and he'll look to get healthy for Friday's game versus the Blues.
News: Dvorak (lower body) is set to make his 2018-19 debut against the Panthers on Tuesday, Dave Vest of the Coyotes' official site reports.
Impact: Despite the fact that Dvorak hasn't played in an NHL game since March 29, 2018, he could get a look at a top-six role right out the gate. With his nearly 11-month stint on the shelf over, the Illinois native could still put up 15-20 points before the end of the season and could be in line for a spot on the power play as well.
News: According to coach Jeremy Colliton, Crawford will make his return to game action at some point during Chicago's upcoming three-game road trip, Chris Wescott of the Blackhawks' official site reports.
Impact: Crawford will likely serve as Cam Ward's backup for Wednesday's matchup with Anaheim, but it's safe to assume he'll get the starting nod for Saturday's clash with LA or Sunday's game against the Sharks. The 34-year-old netminder has been sidelined for over two months due to a concussion, so it wouldn't be surprising to see him struggle behind the Blackhawks' putrid defense upon his return from injury.
News: Morrissey (upper body) will not be in the lineup until early April, a stretch of at least 16 games on the shelf, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports.
Impact: The Jets' acquisitions of Nathan Beaulieu and Bogdan Kiselevich at the deadline certainly make a lot of sense given the fact that Morrissey will miss at least a month. Prior to getting hurt, the Calgary native was stuck in a six-game pointless streak and, if his injury lingers, could fail to break that drought until the postseason.
News: Karlsson (groin) will rejoin the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Bruins, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Karlsson should retake his spot in the top pairing and on the top power-play unit after missing Sunday's tilt against Detroit following his groin injury suffered against the Blue Jackets on Saturday. The star blueliner is overdue to find the back of the net, converting at a career-low 1.8 shooting percentage, though he's collecting assists at nearly a career-high rate, notching 42 through 51 games.
News: McDavid has fully served his two-game suspension, making him eligible to return Wednesday against host Toronto.
Impact: Arguably the league's top player, McDavid returns just in time for a marquee matchup opposing another phenom in Auston Matthews and his Leafs team that currently sits in third place within the Atlantic Division. Edmonton went 1-1 without McDavid during his two-game ban, eking out a narrow victory over the Ducks but coming up short against the Predators in Nashville on Monday. McDavid currently has 85 points (32 goals, 53 assists) to complement a career-high 28 power-play points through 58 games.
News: Staal signed a two-year contract extension worth $3.25 million AAV on Monday, Bob McKenzie of TSN reports.
Impact: Staal will settle for a slight decrease in annual salary from the $3.5 million he averaged on his first three-year deal with the Wild, but he'll gain security without having to hit free agency in July. The stalwart has played a vital role for the Wild as a top-six center with 88 goals and 182 points through 246 games. As one of the most revered centers in the game, he will continue to provide offensively in addition to helping the Wild maintain a veteran presence in the locker room, as the team keeps getting younger with the recent trade acquisitions of Ryan Donato and Kevin Fiala.
News: Simmonds was exchanged by the Flyers to the Predators on Monday in a swap for Ryan Hartman and a conditional 2020 fourth-round pick, Craig Custance of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Simmonds may be bogged down in a 10-game goal drought, but the veteran winger is a solid depth-scoring addition for the Preds. The 30-year-old could also join one of Nashville's power-play units, as he was averaging 3:01 of ice time and notched eight points with the man advantage in Philadelphia.
News: Stone, whom the Golden Knights acquired in a trade with the Senators on Monday, promptly signed an eight-year deal worth $9.5 million annually, Bob McKenzie of TSN reports.
Impact: There's a firesale in Ottawa with Senators GM Pierre Dorion having sent Stone to Vegas after Ryan Dzingel and Matt Duchene were already packaged to Columbus over the weekend. Stone's massive contract with the Golden Knights goes to show that the young franchise is serious about its quest to return to the Stanley Cup Finals. Stone, a proficient possession player who averaged 0.85 points per game over parts of seven seasons with the Senators, projects to slot in as the team's top-line right winger ahead of Alex Tuch on the depth chart.
News: The Wild traded Granlund to the Predators in exchange for Kevin Fiala on Monday, Bob McKenzie of TSN reports.
Impact: This is a swap of two forwards, but Granlund is the much more refined option at this point in time. Minnesota has seen immediate dividends from its trade with Boston for Ryan Donato -- who has a goal and three helpers since joining the Wild last Thursday -- and that will help mitigate the loss of Granlund, whose hefty $5.275 million AAV contract doesn't expire until after the 2019-20 campaign. Granlund figures to establish greater consistency on the contending club, but there are more mouths to feed on a Nashville squad that won the Presidents' Trophy in 2018.
News: Stone was acquired by the Golden Knights on Monday from the Senators in exchange for Oscar Lindberg, Erik Brannstrom and a 2020 second-round pick, Jesse Granger of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Despite being one of the biggest trade pieces on the market, Stone was one of the final dominos to fall before the deadline. The 26-year-old is expected to sign an extension with his new club right away, though he will likely be looking to earn even more than the $7.35 million he got this year, considering he already set a new career high in goals (28) and needs just three more points to best his 2014-15 productivity. The Winnipeg native figures to immediately slot into a top-six role with Vegas.
News: Brassard -- along with a conditional 2020 sixth-round selection -- was traded from Florida to Colorado on Monday in exchange for a 2020 third-round pick, Pierre LeBrun of TSN reports.
Impact: Well at least Brassard won't have to travel very far to join his new team, as the Panthers were already in Denver for a clash with the Avs on Monday. The center started the season with the Penguins, but was sent to Florida for what was expected to be a short-term stint with the club. Nathan MacKinnon and company will get first crack at convincing the pending unrestricted free agent to stick with the club heading into the offseason while also bolstering the club's scoring options. The Quebec native is slated to be in the lineup Monday against Florida.
News: The Rangers traded Hayes to the Jets on Monday for Brendan Lemieux, a 2019 first-round pick and another conditional pick, TSN reports.
Impact: Hayes gives more fuel to a Jets team that is chock full of imposing skaters and ranks sixth in the league offensively by means of averaging 3.35 goals per game. It's also a low-risk move for Winnipeg, as Hayes is on an expiring contract and will be eligible to hit the open market as an unrestricted free agent this summer. The American pivot needs only eight more points to reach 50, and that would qualify as a career high for the man who has delivered 14 goals and 28 helpers in 2018-19. Per TSN's Pierre LeBrun, the conditional pick is a fourth-rounder that only conveys if Winnipeg wins the Stanley Cup this season.
News: The Devils traded Kinkaid to the Blue Jackets on Monday in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick in 2022, Pierre LeBrun of TSN reports.
Impact: This move makes a lot of sense when you consider that rookie MacKenzie Blackwood has proven he belongs in the NHL, and Cory Schneider has reemerged as the No. 1 tender after a drawn-out battle with injuries and poor play. Kinkaid, who was actually scheduled to start for the Devils on Monday, is 15-16-6 with a 3.36 GAA and .891 save percentage this season. He'll get a fresh start with a Columbus team that is going all out in acquiring big-name talent, with the Metropolitan Division club having also reeled in the likes of Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel to bolster the forward lines offensively. However, Sergei Bobrovsky and Joonas Korpisalo both remain on the active roster, so this doesn't necessarily increase Kinkaid's fantasy value right away.
News: Nyquist was acquired by San Jose from Detroit in exchange for a pair of draft picks Sunday, Darren Dreger of TSN reports.
Impact: Nyquist cost the Sharks a second-round selection in 2019 along with a conditional third-rounder in 2020. Pierre LeBrun of TSN reports that Detroit will also retain 30 percent of Nyquist's salary. After agreeing to waive his no-trade clause, the Swede moves on from the Red Wings -- the only team Nyquist has known in his eight-year NHL career. The 29-year-old winger has 48 points in 2018-19 while playing the most minutes of his career (18:05 per game). He's in luck considering San Jose's next game is against Boston on Tuesday. In three games versus the Bruins this season, Nyquist has a goal and four assists.
News: Toews scored a power play in a 4-3 loss to the Stars on Sunday.
Impact: The goal extends Toews' point streak to six contests. In that span, he has four goals and four assists with 21 shots on goal and four power-play points. Toews is above a point-per-game pace with 64 points in 63 contests, and he has been playing some of his best hockey of the season since he was paired with winger Patrick Kane.
News: Montour was traded to Buffalo from Anaheim in exchange for a 2019 first-round pick and defenseman Brendan Guhle, Pierre LeBrun of TSN reports.
Impact: The 24-year-old blueliner is not a rental as he is still under contract next season before reaching free agency. The pick going back to Anaheim is actually San Jose's first-round selection that was acquired by Buffalo as part of the Evander Kane deal. However, the condition on the pick is that the Ducks can instead take the Blues' pick that Buffalo also owns if it falls in the 20-31 range. Montour will likely slot into Buffalo's top four and help the team compete for a playoff spot next season, and perhaps this one. He has five goals and 25 points in 62 games this season.
News: Zuccarello (upper body) is heading to Dallas for a medical examination and is expected to miss four weeks, Mike Heika of the Stars' official site reports.
Impact: This is horrible news for the Stars' deadline acquisition. He scored a goal and dished an assist in his team debut Sunday before blocking a shot and immediately heading to the locker room. The 5-foot-8 winger should still return by the end of the season if his four-week timetable stands, but this is a major blow for Dallas and fantasy owners alike.
News: Vanek (undisclosed) won't suit up for Sunday's game versus the Sharks, Dana Wakiji of the Red Wings' official site reports.
Impact: Coach Jeff Blashill said Vanek tweaked something during Saturday's practice, and it's unclear how long this injury will linger. The 35-year-old has 29 points in 54 games with eight coming on the power play. He'll be an unrestricted free agent this summer, so trade rumors will naturally follow a scratch coming within 24 hours of the deadline. However, Vanek has a no-trade clause, so those whispers could be mere speculation.
News: Getzlaf (upper body) won't play Saturday against the Oilers, Eric Stephens of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Getzlaf's injury isn't believed to be overly serious, but he'll have to wait for Monday's matchup with Vancouver for his next opportunity to return to the lineup. With Getzlaf on the shelf, the recently recalled Sam Steel will draw into the lineup against Edmonton.
News: Zuccarello was acquired from the Rangers on Saturday, with Dallas sending conditional second- and third-round picks in exchange, Bob McKenzie of TSN reports.
Impact: The diminutive Norwegian's name was a near constant in trade rumors, and it's now known that he'll finish out the season in Dallas. Zuccarello projects to be a strong complementary piece to the highly skilled forwards -- like Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn and Alexander Radulov -- that Dallas already has on its roster.
News: Duclair was acquired from Columbus along with two second-round picks in exchange for Ryan Dzingel and a seventh-round pick, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: Despite being just 23, Duclair has now been involved in three midseason trades in his career. A 20-goal scorer in 2015-16 while a member of the Coyotes, Duclair has just 48 career goals in parts of five seasons. Like his previous squads, Ottawa will be hoping a fresh start will unlock some of Duclair's potential and get him back to playing his best hockey.
News: The Blue Jackets acquired Dzingel and a seventh-round draft pick in 2019 from Ottawa on Saturday in exchange for Anthony Duclair, a 2020 second-round pick and a 2021 second-round pick.
Impact: Dzingel will join Matt Duchene in Columbus, as the Senators, for the second time in as many days, completed a transaction with the Blue Jackets. The 26-year-old Dzingel should slot into a top-six role with his new team, potentially playing as soon as Sunday against Calgary. If Dzingel needs more time, Columbus' next game after that comes Tuesday in Washington. The winger is an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season and has 44 points -- a career high -- in 57 games in 2018-19.
News: Radulov will not play Saturday against the Hurricanes due to an illness, Sean Shapiro of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The smoke-and-mirrors effect is evident with several players across the NHL sitting out ahead of Monday's trade deadline, but there's every reason to believe that Radulov is truly under the weather. Besides, the hard-nosed scoring winger has three years left on a contract that includes a no-move clause through the 2021-22 expiration date, as well as a modified no-trade clause for his final two seasons with Dallas. Valeri Nichushkin is expected to sub in for Radulov against Carolina.
News: Skinner (ankle) rejoined the action for the start of the third period Saturday against the Capitals, Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News reports.
Impact: Skinner's ankle injury looked gruesome and he required assistance when leaving the ice, so it's surprising that his ankle checked out well enough to retake the ice. Assuming his ankle holds up, the veteran winger should resume his duties on the top line and power-play unit.
News: Skinner couldn't put any weight on his left leg as he exited Saturday's game against the Capitals prematurely, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.
Impact: Skinner's left ankle appeared to turn awkwardly, so there's a good chance he's headed directly to the X-ray room to check for a fracture. Consider the star winger questionable, at best, to rejoin the action, though it would be pretty surprising to see him on the ice again Saturday.
News: Zuccarello will not play in Saturday's game against the Devils, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: With Zuccarello on the trading block ahead of Monday's deadline, it appears he's set to sit out both of the weekend games for the Rangers if he remains with the team. Should he wind up with the club through the deadline, the veteran would next be able to draw in Wednesday when New York hosts the Lightning. Without Zuccarello and Kevin Hayes (coach's decision) available, the Rangers will be forced to roll with 11 forwards and seven defensemen Saturday.
News: Hart is likely to miss a minimum of 10 days with a lower-body injury, Adam Kimelman of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Assuming the return timeline stays the course, Hart will miss at least four games. It's been a wild ride for goalies in Philadelphia this season, as the Eastern Conference club has already cycled through seven of them. However, Saturday's Stadium Series starter, Brian Elliott, has overcome a lower-body issue of his own, and recent Oilers castoff Cam Talbot is on hand as well to assuage concerns from the Flyers faithful. If at all possible, we recommend holding onto Hart since he's proven he belongs in the NHL as the owner of a 13-8-1 record, 2.79 GAA and .917 save percentage.
News: The Devils traded Lovejoy to the Stars on Saturday in exchange for Connor Carrick and a 2019 third-round draft pick, Mark Stepneski of the Stars' official site reports.
Impact: The writing was on the wall that Lovejoy was on his way out of New Jersey since he was intentionally held out of Thursday's game against the Senators. As a 35-year-old veteran, he'll set an example for a young cast of blueliners that has naturally experienced growing pains under first-time Stars coach Jim Montgomery. Lovejoy isn't a viable fantasy commodity, however, as he produced only two goals and five helpers over 51 games for the Devils this season. But he's a nice shutdown type, carrying over 59 hits and 77 blocked shots.
News: Zadina will be promoted from AHL Grand Rapids for Sunday's game against the Sharks.
Impact: Detroit's sixth overall pick from the 2018 draft failed to earn an NHL roster spot out of training camp, as his defense remains a work in progress. The slick-shooting prospect did post 15 goals and just as many helpers over 44 games for the AHL's Griffins leading up to his promotion, but he also recorded a minus-10 rating as additional proof that he needs to mature in the defensive zone. Still, the 19-year-old is worth a speculative add in deep fantasy leagues given his high draft profile and undeniable offensive talent.
News: Getzlaf has an upper-body injury and won't play in Friday's game versus the Flames, Elliott Teaford of The Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Getzlaf was starting to heat up with five assists in the last five games. His absence will allow Brian Gibbons to enter the lineup, and Rickard Rakell will shift to center to replace Getzlaf on the top line.
News: McDavid has been suspended for two games for an illegal check to the head on the Islanders' Nick Leddy.
Impact: McDavid will have to sit out Saturday's game against Anaheim as well as Monday's matchup with Nashville, but he'll be eligible to return Wednesday against the Maple Leafs. The superstar's hit on Leddy was undeniably dangerous, but it's still a bit surprising to see McDavid handed such a severe punishment, particularly when considering this is the first time he's been fined or suspended by the NHL.
News: Ehlers (upper body) will rejoin the lineup Friday, contradicting what coach Paul Maurice said Thursday, Sara Orlesky of TSN.ca reports.
Impact: It's unclear exactly where Ehlers will slot in for the Jets, but his return a day earlier than expected could give him a bit more utility from a fantasy standpoint. Prior to his injury, Ehlers worked on the top line, but Kyle Connor has performed well in that role. The Danish forward should wind up somewhere in the top six and will likely be immediately added to the power play upon his return.
News: Crawford participated in Friday's morning skate and hopes to take the return-to-play concussion test over the weekend, John Dietz of the Daily Herald reports.
Impact: Crawford won't dress for Friday's game against Colorado or Sunday's matchup with the Stars, but if he's able to clear the final concussion test this weekend, he could be added to the active roster ahead of Wednesday's road game against Anaheim. Once Crawford's given the green light, Collin Delia will likely be shipped to AHL Rockford.
News: The Senators traded Duchene to the Blue Jackets on Friday in exchange for Vitali Abramov, Jonathan Davidsson and other pieces yet to be announced, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Duchene moves from a cellar-dweller in Ottawa to a Blue Jackets team in the thick of the playoff hunt. The star pivot joins his new club in the midst of a stretch where he's collected 16 points -- nine goals and seven assists -- over 13 games. Duchene should immediately slot into a top-six role for his new club and is expected to draw into the lineup for Friday's game against his former squad, so we won't have to wait long to see him with his new linemates.
News: McDavid will be subjected to a league hearing Friday for an illegal check to the head of Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy in Thursday's game.
Impact: McDavid, who has never been suspended in his career, received a two-minute minor penalty for the first-period infraction, but supplemental discipline could be warranted based on how the star pivot appeared to lean into Leddy's head with his shoulder. Fortunately, Leddy passed concussion protocol -- per TSN -- but the league's safety division will still give a thorough look into the incident itself.