Andre Burakovsky was spotted wearing a non-contact jersey in Wednesday's morning skate. There still isn't a timeline for when he will be back but this is good news. Jared Bednar said that he's hoping to get him back during Colorado's current home stand. He's been on the shelf since Febraruy 28th due to a lower and upper body injury.
Fantasy Impact: Keep an eye on his health as he's probably available with the fantasy playoffs under way. He can be used as a streamer with decent upside if you have roster flexibility.
Nazem Kadri was spotted on the ice at Wednesday's practice. He was wearing a non-contact jersey so he doesn't appear to be quite ready to return though it's possible he shows up during their home-stand. He's been out since February 9th with a lower-body injury.
Fantasy Impact: Check back shortly for the fantasy impact.
Philipp Grubauer was seen taking shots at practice prior to Wednesday's 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers.
Fantasy Impact: There still isn't a timeline for Grubauer since he was injured in the Stadium Series game vs. the LA Kings where Ian Cole lost balance and collided with him. Pavel Francouz has filled in admirably as the new starter so they won't rush him back. He's been out since February 15th.
Mikko Rantanen was spotted on the ice in Wednesday's skate before they took on the New York Rangers whom they defeated 3-2.
Fantasy Impact: A step in the right direction for the Avalanche winger who is no doubt missed by his team and fantasy owners. It's possible he returns for Colorado's home stand but they certainly aren't going to rush him back until he's ready to go. He's been sidelined since February 17th.
According to Rick Sadowski of NHL.com Nathan Mackinnon will be sidelined for the next 7-14 days with a lower-body injury.
Fantasy Impact: There's an argument to be made that this is a worse blow for fantasy owners than it is for the Avalanche. Colorado has suffered a rash of injuries over the past month and has lost 216 man-games over the season. Losing Mackinnon for fantasy playoffs is a devastating loss and will be difficult to replace production. He won't be eligible for an IR spot either so he will remain have to remain in lineups which makes the situation even more difficult. Do what you have to do to stay in it.
Josh Bailey picked up an assist and a SOG in the Islanders 5-4 shootout loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night. Bailey would leave the game in the first period not to return with an undisclosed injury.
Fantasy Impact: Josh Bailey was in the midst of an average season for the Islanders with 14 goals and 29 assists on the year. Bailey has played in every game for the Islanders this year, but that streak would appear to be in jeopardy with the Islanders playing next on Thursday night against the Flames.
Tue, Mar 10th 5:26pm EDT
By Matthew Catalano
Alexander Radulov will sit out for Tuesday's home contest against the Rangers as he is still dealing with an illness. (Source: Mike Heika on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Radulov has 15 goals and 34 points in 60 games played.
The Oilers young star, who had a quad injury earlier this season, did not play in the overtime loss to Las Vegas. (Source: Ryan Rishaug of TSN)
Fantasy Impact: The Oilers star has 96 points in 63 games (-5). Obviously, fantasy impact is high on this one.
Fri, Mar 6th 6:04pm EST
By Matthew Catalano
Igor Shesterkin has a chance of starting in Saturday's home contest against New Jersey Devils. (Source: Vince Z. Mercogliano on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Coach David Quinn said there is a possibility that Shesterkin will be in the crease Saturday. He is leaving it up for the Rangers' medical staff to make a final decision on his progress to see if he truly is ready to suit up. Check back for more updates within the next 24 hours.
After taking a skate to the face earlier in the week against Montreal, Johnny Boychuk needed 90 stitches to fix the cut to his face. Luckily, Boychuk did not suffer any damage to his eye. No timetable was given for his return. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Based on how the injury looked on the ice it is safe to say that Johnny Boychuk is more than likely out for the rest of the regular season.
Thu, Mar 5th 5:23pm EST
By Matthew Catalano
Ben Bishop will be backing up Anton Khudobin in net for Thursday's road contest against the Nashville Predators. (Source: Matthew DeFranks on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Bishop was out the last couple of days with a lower-body injury. He practiced earlier Thursday, but it appears the Stars want to take a cautious approach and give him some extra time before plugging him back into his usual starter role. Bishop should be seeing some action soon as long as there are no setbacks on the horizon.
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