Nick Bjugstad C FLA 1 Hr
Bjugstad (back) is out for the season after undergoing back surgery on Friday, Harvey Fialkov of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
This news comes as a bit of a shock, and is a huge blow to the Panthers' playoff chances, as they currently sit a mere three points back from the Senators in the hunt for a wild card berth. Bjugstad will finish his outstanding sophomore campaign with a total of 43 points. Although his injury has led to a disappointing end to the season, Bjugstad is a young and talented player on a team full of rising stars. He remains an excellent option in dynasty leagues and standard formats alike.
Paul Byron C CGY 2 Hrs
Byron (lower body) is in the lineup Friday against the Wild, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 the FAN reports.
Byron has been sidelined since mid-February with the lower-body injury, but was activated from injured reserve Friday. Over 56 games this season, he's posted 18 points (six goals, 12 assists), and will look to add to that total for the first time in a long while.
Kyle Okposo RW NYI 3 Hrs
Okposo may be taken off the top line with John Tavares, according to Newsday.
The Islanders offense has been struggling mightily of late with only 10 goals in their last seven games and Okposo has been part of the problem with only one goal since his return from an eye injury. Okposo is not the sole reason for the Isles scoring woes but could move down to the second line with Frans Nielsen who he has had success with in the past.
Calle Jarnkrok C NAS 3 Hrs
Jarnkrok assisted on Mike Santorelli's game-winning goal in Thursday's win over the Lightning.
Jarnkrok has just 16 points in 67 games so far this season, and is frequently a healthy scratch, so he doesn't offer much fantasy value outside of ultra-deep leagues.
Mike Santorelli C NAS 3 Hrs
Santorelli scored the game-winning goal in Thursday's win over Tampa Bay, his first point in 11 games.
It was also his first goal since being re-acquired from the Maple Leafs back in February. Santorelli skates mainly on the Preds' third line, so his opportunities to add offense will continue to be limited.
Jay McClement C CAR 3 Hrs
McClement scored his seventh goal of the season - his first point in 11 games - in Thursday's 5-2 win over the Penguins. It was his 20th point of the season.
The last time McClement hit the 20-point plateau was four seasons ago, when he had a combined 20 points with Colorado and St. Louis. At 32 years old, it would be a stretch to suggest McClement's career is on an upswing, but at the very least, it was nice to see him step up his game this season. He continues to possess modest fantasy value in deeper formats, especially those that count faceoff percentage, an area in which he particularly excels.
Jordan Staal C CAR 4 Hrs
Staal recorded an assist in Thursday's 5-2 upset win over the Penguins. It was his 19th point in 37 games since returning in December from a broken leg.
Staal's current pace would put him at around 40-45 points over the course of a full campaign, which is roughly in line with what he has produced over the past several seasons. Staal has been very good at avoiding the injury bug over the years, so you can probably pencil him in for a similar stat line next season.
Paul Byron C CGY 6 Hrs
Byron (lower body) was activated from injured reserve Friday.
Byron didn't skate on a regular line during rushes at the Flames' morning skate, so it appears he'll be out of the lineup yet again Friday in Minnesota. However, since he's now activated from IR and has been practicing for the last few days, it seems likely that Byron will get a chance to play in the next few days.
Trevor Daley D DAL 6 Hrs
Daley (knee) isn't expected to return to the lineup Friday against the Oilers.
The Stars believed that Daley would be able to play before the end of the team's three-game road trip, but it appears that might not happen until Saturday in Vancouver, if at all. The defenseman has been able to skate for a while now, though it's not clear if he's been able to get in enough contact work in yet to earn his way back in the lineup.
Jason Zucker F MIN 6 Hrs
Coach Mike Yeo acknowledged that Zucker (shoulder) is still not close to a return, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Zucker has skated the last few days, but Yeo said that the forward isn't expected to be cleared for contact at any point in the near future. Yeo seemed to concede that the three-month timetable that the Wild initially outlined for Zucker in early February would likely hold true, putting him on track to return no earlier than May.