Jason Garrison D TB 25 Days

Garrison (undisclosed) will be activated from IR to play Friday against the Penguins, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Garrison had been close to playing earlier this week after skating for a few days, and at this point, it appears he's finally put the injury behind him. The blueliner, who has 17 points and a plus-12 rating over 35 contests, missed just over a week with the injury.

Jason Garrison D TB 27 Days

Garrison (undisclosed) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune.

Garrison had already been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Sabres, so the move to IR doesn't really have much of an impact. He's already missed over a week of action and will be eligible to return at any time, with his activation possibly coming over the weekend.

Jason Garrison D TB 28 Days

Garrison (undisclosed) isn't expected to play Wednesday versus the Sabres, Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune reports.

Garrison took to the ice during Tuesday's optional session, but coach Jon Cooper apparently still felt the defenseman was experiencing some limitations. Barring dramatic improvement with his condition during Wednesday's morning skate, Garrison will miss his fourth straight contest.

Jason Garrison D TB 29 Days

Garrison (undisclosed) will not play in Monday's game against the Maple Leafs, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Garrison will miss his third straight game Monday, and Mark Barbiero will suit up once again. Garrison's health is supposedly improving, so it's possible he could return to action in Tampa Bay's next game Wednesday.

Jason Garrison D TB 1 Month

Though he participated in the Lightning's morning skate, Garrison (undisclosed) will remain unavailable for Saturday's game against the Hurricanes, Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune reports.

Coach Jon Cooper said he was encouraged by the improvement Garrison has shown over the last few days, but determined he wasn't quite ready to go just yet. His absence will allow Mark Barberio to retain a spot in the lineup for another game, but Garrison could be ready to go for the team's next match Monday versus the Maple Leafs.

Jason Garrison D TB 1 Month

Garrison (undisclosed) was on the ice for the Bolts' morning session and appears on track to play Saturday versus the Hurricanes, Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune reports.

Garrison was held out of Tuesday's match against the Penguins with the injury, but the team never seemed to believe a long-term absence was in store for the blueliner. His presence on the ice Saturday morning indicates as much, and it looks like he'll be good to go after he took part in pairing work with Anton Stralman. Garrison has enjoyed a productive first season in Tampa Bay, as he's notched 17 points and a plus-12 rating over 35 contests.

Jason Garrison D TB 1 Month

Garrison (undisclosed) will miss Tuesday's game against the Penguins but has a "decent" chance to return Saturday, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports.

Garrison was considered "highly doubtful" to return Tuesday, and he will indeed miss the contest. The NHL has a Christmas break coming up, which will allow Garrison three days to rest up and a chance to play in the team's next game Saturday against the Hurricanes. Andrej Sustr will likely draw into the lineup in his place Tuesday.

Jason Garrison D TB 1 Month

Although Garrison (undisclosed) said Monday that he's improving, coach Jon Cooper said he is "highly doubtful" to return Tuesday, the team's official website reports.

With the NHL's Christmas break coming up after Tuesday's game, it seems likely that the Lightning will hold Garrison out to let him heal up after he left Sunday's contest with the undisclosed ailment.

Jason Garrison D TB 1 Month

Garrison left Saturday's game against the Islanders with an undisclosed injury and will not return, the Tampa Tribune's Erik Erlendsson reports.

The Lightning provided no details about the injury, so everybody is completely in the dark on this one until the team decides to release more information. The good news for Garrison is that the schedule affords him some time to recover: Tampa Bay plays just one game between now and next Saturday.

Jason Garrison D TB 2 Months

Garrison picked up two assists in Saturday's win over the Islanders. The points are his first in four games.

The gap isn't so bad -- the team is winning and that's all he'll care about. Fantasy owners, on the other hand, would prefer something else entirely. He's actually on pace for a career season, so slot him in -- a defender that delivers a mid-40s point year is a must-roll in most formats.