Wed, Jan 6th 6:21pm EST
By Robert Klein
Zibanejad, who has missed the first three days of training camp, is expected to be ready for the beginning of the season according to Rangers coach David Quinn. "I think that he's day to day and from all indications, he should be ready for opening night," Quinn said. "We're expecting him back soon. I'd be a lot more worried if we were three or four days away."
Fantasy Impact: He exploded last season posting a career-high 41 goals and 75 points in only 57 games. Zibanejad should have another monster fantasy season while playing on a potent Rangers team.
Per Coach Reirdon, Backstrom is in protocol and will not be available for Game 2 versus the Islanders. (Source: Samantha Bell of The Washington Post)
Fantasy Impact: Backstrom, who took a hard hit and exited early from Game 1, is a key player for the Caps.
Per Coach Reirdon, the third-line center should be available for the next playoff game versus the NY Islanders. Eller had been off for the birth of his child. (Source: Ryan Homler of NBC Sports)
Fantasy Impact: Eller must test negative for Covid-19 four times over four days; his return will be welcome after an (unknown) injury to Nicklas Backstrom in Wednesday's game.
Per Coach Reirdon, the Caps are "hopeful" that the star defenseman can play in Game 1 of the playoffs. (Source: Samantha Pell of The Washington Post)
Fantasy Impact: Carlson, whose injury is "undisclosed," has been practicing with his teammates for over a week. He is the top-rated defenseman in the NHL.
Wed, Aug 5th 10:06am EDT
By Jason Cambria
Jake Muzzin took a bad cross-check from Pierre-Luc Dubois in the third period of Tuesday's game against Columbus. Muzzin fell into Columbus' Oliver Bjorkstrand's leg after taking the hit and was not able to get up. Muzzin was taken off the ice on a stretcher and taken immediately to the hospital. He appeared to have movement in his extremities as he left the ice. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Jake Muzzin looks to be out of the lineup for the Leafs for the foreseeable future. And, he will need to clear NHL COVID-19 protocol before being able to return to the team when he is ready to play.
Thu, Jul 9th 2:57pm EDT
By Cam Donoahue
Hurricanes GM Don Waddell commented on Hamilton's health in April, stating, "... he'll be ready to play when we drop the puck." Considering it has been three months since then, Hamilton should be at 100% when the NHL's qualifying round begins August 1st. (Source: Tom Gulitti NHL.com)
Fantasy Impact: Hamilton was arguably the top fantasy defenseman this season before fracturing his left fibula. If he can return at full capacity, and the Hurricanes make it out of the qualifying round, he will be extremely valuable to own in your playoff pools. He is currently ranked behind Kris Letang and Roman Josi in NHL.com's Top 115 playoff rankings, so you may even be getting him at a value in drafts.
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.