NHL Injury Update: O’Reilly, Faulk, Toffoli, and More

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The latest on injuries that may be affecting your fantasy lineup.

The Big Guns (>80% owned in Yahoo Leagues)

Sami VatanenThe flu kept Vatanen out of the lineup on Tuesday night. Coaching staff will decide Wednesday if the Finnish defensemen is healthy enough to travel on the team’s two-game trip.

Ryan O’ReillyAppendectomy? O’really? The timetable for these things is different with every player, but he could be out for up to three weeks. O’Reilly is a key component of the Sabres lineup, so the fantasy stock of some other Sabres (namely Rasmus Ristolainen and Evander Kane) might take a hit in his absence.

Justin FaulkWell, Faulk. Can we get a Band-Aid for this boy? Another injury (lower-body) will keep the Canes’ defensemen out of the lineup on a week-to-week basis. He had points in six of his last eight games (nine points) before the injury, so this comes at a bad time.

Marian HossaThe 37-year-old forward will miss the next few games with an upper body injury, he is hopeful for the Winter Classic though, so hopefully this isn’t too serious.

Tyler ToffoliNo timetable for his return just yet, and he won’t even be evaluated until early 2017. A lower body injury hasn’t stopped him from skating, but he’s still some ways away from returning.

Henrik LundqvistNo surgery needed for the King, just some chicken noodle soup and rest. The flu kept the Rangers’ goaltender out of Tuesday night’s lineup against the Senators.

The Second Liners (50%-80% owned in Yahoo Leagues)

Patrick SharpIf I’m extremely familiar with a player because they appear on this list week after week, that probably isn’t good news for their fantasy value. I feel like a broken record telling you that Sharp is getting closer and closer to a return, but that’s all I can tell you without a timetable.

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