NHL Player News: All Positions

News: Per general manager Kelly McCrimmon, Pacioretty (lower body) will be ready to rock if and when the NHL returns to play, Jesse Granger of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Pacioretty suffered a lower-body injury in the Golden Knights' final contest prior to the stoppage, but the break has evidently afforded him enough time to make a full recovery. The 31-year-old winger has been one of Vegas' best players this season, racking up 32 goals and 66 points in 71 games, so it goes without saying that the team will be happy to have him available if and when the NHL resumes its season.
News: According to general manager Kelly McCrimmon, Stone (lower body) will be healthy enough to play if and when the NHL resumes its season, Jesse Granger of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Stone missed the Golden Knights' last five games prior to the league suspending play. At that point he was considered week-to-week with a lower-body injury, so the pause couldn't have come at a better time for him. The 28-year-old winger has had a fantastic year, racking up 21 goals and 63 points in just 65 games. He'll resume his duties on Vegas' top line and first power-play unit if and when the NHL resumes its season.
News: Halak signed a one-year, $2.25 million contract extension with the Bruins on Friday.
Impact: Halak has been a rock-solid secondary option in goal for the Bruins for a second straight year this season, posting an 18-6-6 record while registering a 2.39 GAA and .919 save percentage in 31 appearances. The 34-year-old netminder should see upward of 30 starts as Tuukka Rask's understudy in 2020-21 and will likely earn wins in at least 20 of those contests, making him an attractive plug-and-play fantasy option.
News: Tarasenko (shoulder) will be ready to play if/when the NHL resumes its season, NHL.com's Dan Rosen reports.
Impact: Head coach Craig Berube believes Tarasenko likely would have been ready to return shortly after the NHL officially halted play, so the 28-year-old winger shouldn't have any medical limitations if/when the league is able to resume its season. If that ends up happening, Tarasenko's return to the lineup will represent a huge boost for a Blues team that currently holds the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. The Russian sniper notched three goals and 10 points through the first 10 games of the season before undergoing shoulder surgery in late October.
News: Stamkos is nearly back to full health after undergoing core-muscle surgery March 2, Diana C. Nearhos of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: Before the NHL suspended its season March 12, Stamkos had been viewed as a candidate to return to action at some point in the first round of the playoffs, which would have been scheduled to begin during the upcoming week. The NHL's ongoing hiatus will ultimately result in Stamkos missing just seven games, with the break providing him with enough time to fully recover from his surgery before the league allows teams to resume training for whatever remains of the season. Before requiring the procedure, Stamkos had been averaging more than a point per game for the fourth straight season, tallying 29 goals and 37 assists across his 57 appearances.
News: According to general manager Doug Wilson, Couture (head) is close to being "all the way back," Curtis Pashelka of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Impact: Couture missed the Sharks' final game before the NHL suspended play in March with a head injury, but it sounds like he should be ready to go if/when the league resumes its regular season. However, if the rest of the campaign is ultimately cancelled entirely, Couture will finish the year having totaled 16 goals and 39 points in 52 games.
News: Matthews and his teammates learned Thursday the NHL announced that the 2019-20 season has been suspended until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Impact: In a statement released Thursday, commissioner Gary Bettman said "In light of ongoing developments resulting from the coronavirus, and after consulting with medical experts and convening a conference call of the Board of Governors, the National Hockey League is announcing today that it will pause the 2019-20 season beginning with tonight's games." Bettman went on to say "Our goal is to resume play as soon as it is appropriate and prudent so that we will be able to complete the season and award the Stanley Cup. Until then, we thank NHL fans for your patience and hope you stay healthy."
News: The Lightning and Kucherov learned Thursday the NHL announced that the 2019-20 season has been suspended until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Impact: In a statement released Thursday, commissioner Gary Bettman said "In light of ongoing developments resulting from the coronavirus, and after consulting with medical experts and convening a conference call of the Board of Governors, the National Hockey League is announcing today that it will pause the 2019-20 season beginning with tonight's games." Bettman went on to say "Our goal is to resume play as soon as it is appropriate and prudent so that we will be able to complete the season and award the Stanley Cup. Until then, we thank NHL fans for your patience and hope you stay healthy."
News: Ovechkin and the Capitals learned Thursday the NHL announced that the 2019-20 season has been suspended until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Impact: In a statement released Thursday, commissioner Gary Bettman said "In light of ongoing developments resulting from the coronavirus, and after consulting with medical experts and convening a conference call of the Board of Governors, the National Hockey League is announcing today that it will pause the 2019-20 season beginning with tonight's games." Bettman went on to say "Our goal is to resume play as soon as it is appropriate and prudent so that we will be able to complete the season and award the Stanley Cup. Until then, we thank NHL fans for your patience and hope you stay healthy."
News: Crosby and the Penguins learned Thursday the NHL announced that the 2019-20 season has been suspended until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Impact: In a statement released Thursday, commissioner Gary Bettman said "In light of ongoing developments resulting from the coronavirus, and after consulting with medical experts and convening a conference call of the Board of Governors, the National Hockey League is announcing today that it will pause the 2019-20 season beginning with tonight's games." Bettman went on to say "Our goal is to resume play as soon as it is appropriate and prudent so that we will be able to complete the season and award the Stanley Cup. Until then, we thank NHL fans for your patience and hope you stay healthy."
News: MacKinnon will be sidelined for 1-to-2 weeks with a lower-body injury, Marc Moser of Altitude Sports 950 reports.
Impact: The Avalanche simply can't catch a break injury-wise, as they'll now be without three of their top-five scorers for Wednesday's game against the Rangers. For now, Vladislav Namestnikov will likely slide into MacKinnon's spot on Colorado's top line, but it wouldn't be surprising to see Nazem Kadri (lower body) take over once he's given the green light.
News: McDavid (illness) will rejoin the lineup for Wednesday's matchup with Winnipeg, Jack Michaels of the Oilers Radio Network reports.
Impact: McDavid missed Monday's loss to Vegas due to an illness, but he was able to partake in an off-ice workout Tuesday and skated Wednesday morning, so he shouldn't have any limitations against the Jets. The superstar pivot will retake his spot in Edmonton's top six and first power-play unit.
News: According to coach Pete DeBoer, Stone (lower body) is still considered week-to-week, Jesse Granger of The Athletic reports.
Impact: DeBoer still believes Stone will be back in time to play a few regular-season games, but his return certainly doesn't sound imminent. Unfortunately for his owners, it doesn't sound like Stone will be back in time to contribute during the fantasy playoffs.
News: McDavid (illness) will be a game-time decision for Wednesday's matchup with Winnipeg, Jason Gregor of TSN 1260 reports.
Impact: McDavid didn't practice Tuesday, but he was able to participate in an off-ice workout, giving him a chance to return to action against the Jets. The superstar pivot's status for Wednesday's contest likely won't be confirmed until the Oilers take the ice for pregame warmups, so fantasy owners should plan accordingly.
News: Boeser (ribs) will return to the lineup Tuesday against the Islanders.
Impact: Boeser has been sidelined since Feb. 8 with a rib injury, but he'll return to a featured role Tuesday, skating on Vancouver's top line and second power-play unit against the Isles. Fantasy owners shouldn't hesitate to insert the 23-year-old American back into their lineups, as he's been highly productive when healthy this season, racking up 16 goals and 45 points in 56 games.
News: Hedman (undisclosed) won't play Tuesday against the Maple Leafs, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: Hedman will miss a second straight game Tuesday, but he's still considered day-to-day with his undisclosed issue, so he should be ready to return sooner rather than later. Another update on the 29-year-old Swede's status should surface prior to Thursday's matchup with Philadelphia.
News: Rielly (foot) will return to the lineup Tuesday against Tampa Bay, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: Rielly has been sidelined for nearly two months with a fractured foot, but it doesn't appear as though coach Sheldon Keefe is planning on easing him back in, as the 26-year-old blueliner is expected to skate on Toronto's top pairing and second power-play unit against the Lightning. The Vancouver native has notched three goals and 27 points while averaging 24:15 of ice time in 46 games this campaign.
News: MacKinnon left Monday's game in Los Angeles with a lower-body injury and is not expected to return, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.
Impact: MacKinnon saw 11:37 of ice time in Monday's game before exiting with an injury in the second period. It's unclear how serious the injury is, but an update should be available before Wednesday's tilt with the Rangers. The 24-year-old forward has 35 goals and 93 points in 69 games this season.
News: McDavid (illness) was not on the ice for warmups and is expected to miss Monday's contest against Vegas, Jack Michaels of the Oilers Radio Network reports.
Impact: McDavid had been on a tear since returning from his quadriceps injury, racking up 15 points in the last eight contests. He was a game-time call Monday, so he'll likely be considered day-to-day ahead of Wednesday's tilt with Winnipeg.
News: Hedman (undisclosed) played only 4:36 during Saturday's game against the Bruins, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Hedman was never officially ruled out for the game and remained on the bench, but he wasn't able to get much playing time. Per Smith, Hedman will be re-evaluated in the coming days. It may be too quick a turnaround for the Swedish defenseman to be ready for Sunday's matchup with the Red Wings. If he can't go, Luke Schenn will likely enter the lineup.
News: Zibanejad scored five goals on eight shots in Thursday's 6-5 overtime win over Washington.
Impact: Zibanejad became the third player in Rangers history to score five goals, joining Don Murdoch (1976) and Mark Pavelich (1983). His second power-play goal of the game gave New York a 5-4 lead with 1:42 remaining in regulation, but Alex Ovechkin answered 59 seconds later to send the game to the extra session. Zibanejad then got loose in overtime, breaking in alone on a wonderful stretch pass from Artemi Panarin and going top shelf on the backhand for the historic game-winner. While a five-goal performance is always unexpected, this effort didn't come out of nowhere, as the Swedish stud now has 14 goals in his last 10 games.
News: Gallagher (illness) will not dress for Thursday's game against the Lightning, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Impact: Gallagher's absence will leave a major hole up front for the Habs, especially with the red-hot winger coming off of five points in his last three games. Given the reason for his absence, there's a decent chance he will be back in the lineup for Saturday's game in Florida.
News: Updating a previous item, the official timeline for van Riemsdyk's (finger) timetable to return is 4-to-6 weeks, Sam Carchidi of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impact: Carchidi initially indicated that van Riemsdyk was expected to sit around six weeks, so the updated timetable leaves open the possibility that van Riemsdyk could make a return near the end of the regular season or for the start of the postseason. In any event, it's fairly safe to cut him loose in most redraft leagues at this point, though it will be worth monitoring his status toward the end of the season if he winds up at the early end of that timetable.
News: Van Riemsdyk suffered a broken hand in Wednesday's game against the Capitals, Stephen Whyno of the Associated Press reports.
Impact: With the diagnosis official, it can be expected that van Riemsdyk is facing an absence of multiple weeks. It's possible the winger could be on the shelf for the remainder of the season, but no timeline has been provided by the team yet. Joel Farabee will take van Riemsdyk's place in the lineup going forward.
News: Van Riemsdyk left Wednesday's game against the Capitals after blocking a shot with his hand, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Van Riemsdyk played just 2:04 before blocking a Jonas Siegenthaler shot in the first period, and he immediately went to the locker room. Head coach Alain Vigneault said van Riemsdyk had an X-ray and the results "don't look good." It sounds like he'll be out a while, so expect the Flyers to recall Joel Farabee from AHL Lehigh Valley ahead of Thursday's clash against Carolina.
News: General manager Jeff Gorton said Kreider (foot) will sit out 4-to-6 weeks as he recovers from a broken foot, Vince Z. Mercogliano of USA Today reports.
Impact: Kreider sustained this injury blocking a shot Feb. 28 against the Flyers, so the four-week timeline would have him returning March 28 against the Lightning. There's a lot of ground to cover between then and now, but even if it favors the six-week plan, the 28-year-old winger would be ready for a possible playoff run. For the time being, the Rangers have afforded Phil Di Giuseppe the first crack at Kreider's top-line role, but head coach David Quinn hasn't been shy about rotating other players into the top six.
News: Tatar (upper body) won't return to Tuesday's game against the Islanders, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Impact: Tatar played just 2:45 in the first period before exiting the game. The 29-year-old forward has been a bright spot in the Canadiens lineup this year, racking up 22 goals and 39 assists over 67 games. There should be an update on his condition before Thursday's road matchup against Tampa Bay.
News: McDavid scored a goal and supplied four assists in Monday's 8-3 win over the Predators.
Impact: McDavid and Leon Draisaitl each had five-point efforts Monday. For McDavid, it was his third game this year with five or more points. The 23-year-old superstar has racked up two goals and 11 assists in five games since his return from a quadriceps injury. McDavid has 32 tallies, 94 points, 198 shots and a minus-4 rating through 60 contests.
News: Draisaitl scored four goals and dished an assist in Monday's 8-3 win over the Predators.
Impact: Draisaitl picked up his first career four-goal game, as well as his second five-point effort of the season. Just one of his tallies came on the power play. The massive performance set him at a new career high in points with 107 through 66 contests. He's got 43 goals, 64 helpers, 209 shots and a minus-6 rating this year. Draisaitl has virtually locked up the Art Ross with a massive lead in the points race.
News: Stamkos will have core muscle surgery Monday and is expected to miss 6-to-8 weeks.
Impact: Stamkos will miss at least part of the Lightning's first-round playoff series if he, in fact, takes six weeks to return to form, but he could miss a full series or two if it hits the eight-week mark. The 30-year-old forward was red-hot before the injury with 22 points (12 goals, 10 assists) across 15 games, and he's racked up 66 total points through 57 contests this year. There's no one-for-one replacement for Stamkos, but the Lightning have enough depth to absorb his loss after picking up Blake Coleman and Barclay Goodrow at the trade deadline. For the time being, Ondrej Palat will flank Brayden Point on the first line.
News: Kreider (foot) will not return to Friday's game against the Flyers.
Impact: Kreider suffered a fractured foot on a Philippe Myers shot in the first period. He took one shift after that, but ultimately retreated to the locker room, where the diagnosis was made. Losing Kreider is a massive blow to the Rangers and fantasy owners alike. He has 45 points, including 13 on the power play, through 63 appearances, but he'll likely be sidelined for multiple weeks at a minimum.
News: Coach Jon Cooper is hoping that a timeline for Stamkos' (undisclosed) recovery will be established by Saturday or Sunday, Caley Chelios of the Lightning's official site reports.
Impact: The good news is Stamkos' undisclosed injury isn't related to any of his previous surgeries, but it's a little disheartening to hear that the team has yet to pinpoint a timeline for his return. At this point it's safe to assume that the 30-year-old forward won't be available for Saturday's clash with Calgary, but his status for Tuesday's matchup with Boston is still up in the air.
News: Laine (lower body) will not return to Thursday's game against the Capitals after he blocked a shot in the first period.
Impact: Laine appeared to block a shot off his left foot or ankle on his first shift of the game, and it was bad enough to keep him off the ice. Expect an update on the Finn's condition before Saturday's contest against the Oilers. While Laine is out, Jack Roslovic figures to see a boost in ice time.
News: Giordano (hamstring) took line rushes during warmups and will play in Thursday's game against the Predators, Derek Wills of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Impact: Giordano missed 10 games with the injury, but he's ready to return. Expect the 36-year-old to pair with T.J. Brodie on the top pairing. Michael Stone will exit the lineup to make way for Giordano.
News: Giordano (hamstring) is officially considered a game-time call, despite taking rushes with the No. 2 power-play unit, Derek Wills of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Impact: Giordano was expected to suit up versus the Bruins on Tuesday but ultimately was given an extra day off. The blueliner missed the Flames' previous 10 contests due to his hamstring problem. Prior to getting hurt, the Toronto native racked up six helpers in his last five appearances, yet he hasn't found the back of the net in his last10 appearances.
News: Stamkos (undisclosed) won't play Thursday against the Blackhawks, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports.
Impact: The Lightning have yet to release any details regarding the severity of Stamkos' issue, but he'll miss at least one contest with the undisclosed injury he picked up during Tuesday's loss to Toronto. The 30-year-old forward will hope to heal up in time for Saturday's clash with Calgary.