I know many of us are focusing on our playoff matchups this week, so I’ll try and get straight to the point! If you don’t see a certain player below, there probably haven’t been any major developments in their progress. Once there is a significant update, I’ll be sure to have it for you on Twitter @BrennanDeSouza!
The Big Guns (>75% owned in Yahoo Leagues)
Patrik Laine – Left Tuesday’s game after blocking a shot, but according to coach Paul Maurice, the injury doesn’t appear to be anything long-term. Winnipeg’s next game is on Friday against the Ducks, Laine’s presence or absence in the lineup will help us make more judgements regarding the true severity of the injury. If you want to see any further update between now and then, follow me on Twitter @BrennanDeSouza.
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Evgeny Kuznetsov – Has been skating on his own and is expected to travel with the team as they begin a three-game road trip (March 22st to March 26th).
Marc-Andre Fleury – Left Tuesday’s game against the Canucks but doesn’t appear to be anything serious. Teammate Jonathan Marchessault said it was precautionary from what he had heard.
Patrice Bergeron – His status has been upgraded to day-to-day now that he’s started practicing. While he definitely won’t be in the lineup Wednesday when the Bruins face the Blues, he hasn’t yet been ruled out for Friday’s contest against the Stars.
Seth Jones – Is travelling with the team so it’s possible he faces the Panthers on Thursday or the Blues on Saturday. However, we’re talking about a franchise defenseman who is going to play an important role if Columbus makes the playoffs. The team is on a nine-game winning streak which includes three wins without Jones, so he’ll be given a chance to fully recover.
Mark Stone – Tried to skate Sunday but that didn’t go well, so don’t expect him to be back very soon. He hasn’t been shut down for the season, but I don’t see him having much more impact on fantasy leagues for the rest of the 2017-2018 campaign.
Vladimir Tarasenko – Didn’t practice on Tuesday, so it’s unlikely he faces the Bruins on Wednesday. You’re going to want Tarasenko in your lineup when he’s healthy, so follow me on Twitter @BrennanDeSouza to find out when he’ll be back.
Carey Price – Will start against the Penguins on Wednesday. As a Habs fan, I understand the psychological aspect behind this decision because Carey wants a chance to end the season on a positive note. On the other hand, if he gets injured in these last few meaningless games of the season… What do you think about Price not being shut down for the rest of the season?
Auston Matthews – Will travel with the team as they face the Predators on Thursday. From what I’ve read, he’s super close to returning. He has been skating consistently and even participating in practice. If I had to compare his progress to a loading bar, it would be 96% loaded. My not so bold prediction: he returns within the next two games.
The Second Liners (40%-75% owned in Yahoo Leagues)
Jacob Trouba – Concussion. Out indefinitely. One-year league? Drop.
Ben Bishop – Reinjured left knee, timeline will be out Thursday. If you haven’t noticed, this article comes out on a Wednesday. If I ever figure out time travel, I’ll make sure to come back and tell you all how much time Bishop is going to miss. In case that doesn’t work out, you can always follow me on Twitter @BrennanDeSouza to see the aforementioned timetable.
Rick Nash – Felt fine after taking a hit against the Lightning (March 17th), but was a late scratch on Monday because he wasn’t feeling great before during the pregame skate. He’s officially listed as out with an upper-body injury and hasn’t been ruled out for future games yet. The fact that he was feeling well enough to play until the last minute makes me believe the injury isn’t too serious. One of those that you play through if it’s the playoffs, you know? Speaking of the playoffs, the Bruins are going to want a healthy Nash for postseason hockey, so don’t be surprised if they sit him for a few more games to avoid worsening the injury.
Kevin Shattenkirk – Has resumed skating after a setback in his recovery. From what I’ve witnessed in the past, a player usually participates in a full practice before returning to game action. I just don’t see that happening quickly enough for Shattenkirk to have any more impact in one-year leagues.
Robin Lehner – “Out day-to-day for maintenance”. What does that mean? Your guess is as good as mine. No time for speculation during the fantasy playoffs!
Matthew Tkachuk – Last we heard, Tkachuk was ruled out for the team’s two-game road trip against the Golden Knights and Coyotes. Well, those games have come and gone and we’re waiting for another update. The fact that he was only ruled out for that road trip and not a longer period of time makes me think this is a situation they are monitoring often, and that Tkachuk will be back soon.
Carter Hutton – MRI results didn’t reveal any serious issued so he’s officially “day-to-day”. Whenever he feels better he’ll be back on the ice. Goalies usually need a few on-ice sessions on the ice before returning from an injury, so I wouldn’t expect him back very soon.
Reilly Smith – Still no word on whether he’ll travel with the team as they visit San Jose on Thursday and Colorado on Saturday. I get the feeling NHL teams don’t care about our fantasy playoff matchups…
The Depth Guys (10%-40% owned in Yahoo Leagues)
Thomas Greiss – No timetable for his return from a lower-body injury. Yahoo! That was sarcasm by the way, not the website you use for your fantasy hockey league. Ba dum tss.
Oscar Klefbom – Will miss the rest of the season as he recovers from shoulder surgery. Apparently, this issue has been bothering him for several years. Now that it’s take care of, can we expect more from him in the future?
Zdeno Chara – An upper-body injury will keep him out of Wednesday’s game against the Blues. His status after that is still up in the air. He recently turned 41, might not be a bad idea to give him a few days of rest as the Bruins prepare for playoff hockey.
Josh Manson – Day-to-day with an upper-body injury. He will travel with the team as they embark on a four-game road trip from March 21st to March 27th.
Jake DeBrusk – No timetable on his recovery from an upper-body injury. Is this a case of rest for playoffs or reveal nothing about the injury so playoff opponents can’t use it to their advantage? You tell me.
Noah Hanifin – Concussion. Out indefinitely. One-year league? Drop.
Alex Galchenyuk – Suffered a hand injury in Tuesday’s skate, and will be re-evaluated on Wednesday.
T.J. Brodie – Left Sunday’s game with an upper-body injury that also caused him to miss Monday’s game against the Coyotes. He suffered the injury on this hit from Ryan Reaves, but the team hasn’t yet issued an update.
Jonathan Bernier – Could return this week after missing 14 games due to head injuries. It will probably be in a backup role with how well Semyon Varlamov is playing.
Jared Spurgeon – Out at least four weeks with a hamstring tear. One-year league? Drop!
The Mr. Irrelevants (<10% owned in Yahoo Leagues)
Anthony Duclair – Not close to skating yet.
Carl Soderberg – An illness caused him to miss Tuesday’s game, I wouldn’t expect him to miss more action because of it.
Jason Spezza – Has a back issue and we don’t yet know when he’ll be back.
Calle Jarnkrok – Out rest of season with an upper-body injury.