Erik Cole RW DAL 2 Days

Cole (upper body) is expected to sit out Thursday's game against the Senators, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports.

Cole indicated that he felt good after participating in Wednesday's practice, but the Stars will exercise a little precaution and keep him out for a second straight game. In addition to the upper-body injury, he has battled a cold recently, which probably has him running at less-than-optimal health at the moment.

Erik Cole RW DAL 3 Days

Cole (upper body) returned to practice on Wednesday and will be a game-time decision on Thursday, according to Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News.

Cole left a Jan. 20 game against the Bruins with an injury and hasn't yet returned. He was fortunate that his absence extended over the All-Star break, as it doesn't sound like he'll have to miss much actual game action.

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Cole (upper body) won't return to the lineup Tuesday against the Stars, Mark Stepneski of the Stars' official site reports.

Cole wasn't expected to return right after the All-Star break, and that is indeed the case, as he will sit out of Tuesday's contest against the Canadiens. His next chance to return will come thursday against the Senators.

Erik Cole RW DAL 10 Days

Cole (upper body) will be out "a period of time" and likely won't be back right away after the All-Star break, the Stars' official site's Mark Stepneski reports.

Coach Lindy Ruff intimated that while Cole will have the upcoming All-Star break to rest up after suffering an upper body injury Tuesday, he will still likely need more time to heal. Consider him out indefinitely for now.

Erik Cole RW DAL 10 Days

Cole suffered an upper-body injury in the first period of Tuesday's game against the Bruins and will not return.

Tuesday's game was Dallas' final match before the All-Star break, so Cole will have about a week to recover from the injury. He'll be considered day-to-day until the Stars are able to provide a clearer assessment regarding the extent of his injury.

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Cole scored his 11th goal of the season and had an assist in Saturday's win over Washington.

With four multi-point outings in his last seven games, Cole now has 22 points in 42 games on the season. Considering he plays on the second line with Jason Spezza, the 36-year-old is worth looking at, as he's got nine points in his last seven games.

Erik Cole RW DAL 17 Days

Cole returned from a one-game absence due to an illness with a power-play goal and an even-strength assist in Tuesday's win over the Senators.

The goal and assist pushed him to 10 of each on the year. It's not a big total, but he's been productive of late, notching 10 points in his last 10 games -- though half those points came in just two of those games. In leagues that count hits, Cole retains solid value regardless, as he's been a revelation in that category this year, with 99 now in 40 games after he totaled just 89 over 75 games last season.

Erik Cole RW DAL 19 Days

Cole (illness) is expected to take the ice Tuesday against Ottawa.

Cole sat out Saturday in Colorado due to an illness, but after taking part in Monday's practice, all signs point to him returning to action Tuesday.

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Cole was a late scratch for Saturday's game due to an illness, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports.

Cole missed Friday's practice for what was believed to be a therapy day, but it looks like it was the illness that kept him out of action. With the winger unavailable, Travis Moen is expected to join the lineup in his stead, while Shawn Horcoff moves up to claim Cole's spot on the second line.

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Cole scored a pair of goals, dished out an assist, had five hits, and fired four shots on goal in Sunday's loss to the Blackhawks.

That's back-to-back outstanding fantasy outings from Cole, who has put up three goals and seven points in his last five games. He now has 18 points (nine goals) in 37 games, putting him on pace for a 20-goal, 40-point season. Skating on a line with the highly skilled Jason Spezza, Cole is worth a look in deeper formats.