Carl Gunnarsson D STL 2 Days
Coach Ken Hitchcock confirmed that Gunnarsson (upper body) will play Saturday against the Blue Jackets.
While the return of Kevin Shattenkirk (abdominal surgery) from a two-month absence Saturday will capture most of the headlines, Gunnarsson's return is still of high importance to the Blues. With goalie Brian Elliott struggling in recent outings, having an accomplished shot blocker like Gunnarsson back in the trenches should aid the team's play in the net. However, from a fantasy perspective, Gunnarsson doesn't offer much to get excited about, as his stay-at-home tendencies prevent him from accumulating points with much regularity.
Carl Gunnarsson D STL 2 Days
Gunnarsson (upper body) skated on the top defensive pairing with Alex Pietrangelo during Friday's practice, NHL.com's Lou Korac reports.
This would seem to add further validation to the reports earlier in the week that Gunnarsson is on track to return to the lineup Saturday against the Blue Jackets following a two-game absence. Expect coach Ken Hitchcock to confirm the blueliner's return to the lineup after Saturday's morning skate.
Carl Gunnarsson D STL 4 Days
Gunnarsson (upper body) is expected to return to the Blues' lineup Saturday versus the Blue Jackets, Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
The Blues' decision to send Petteri Lindbohm back to AHL Chicago on Wednesday seems to indicate that Gunnarsson will be available after missing the last two games with the injury. With Gunnarsson likely back over the weekend and Kevin Shattenkirk also expected to return after a lengthy absence, the Blues should be at full strength on the blue line entering the final couple weeks of the season.
Carl Gunnarsson D STL 5 Days
Gunnarsson (upper body) won't play against the Penguins on Tuesday, the Blues' official site reports.
On the plus side, Gunnarsson skated Tuesday, with coach Ken Hitchcock indicating that he hopes to have the blueliner back in action this weekend.
Carl Gunnarsson D STL 6 Days
Gunnarsson (upper body) is a game-time decision for Tuesday's game against the Penguins, NHL.com's Lou Korac reports.
Gunnarsson, who was forced out of Saturday's game against the Wild, missed Sunday's game against Detroit, but given that he is viewed as a game-time decision for Tuesday's tilt, his upper-body injury is evidently not a major issue.
Carl Gunnarsson D STL 7 Days
Gunnarsson (upper body) was not on the ice for pregame warmups Sunday, indicating he will miss the tilt with the Red Wings, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
Gunnarsson exited Saturday's game due to the injury, and it will reportedly cost him Sunday's contest as well. Both Chris Butler and Petteri Lindbohm were on the ice, indicating one of the two will take his spot in the lineup. His next chance to return will come Tuesday against the Penguins.
Carl Gunnarsson D STL 8 Days
Gunnarsson was removed from Saturday's game against the Wild after suffering an upper-body injury, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Gunnarsson skated just 12 shifts before sustaining the injury and retreating to the locker room. Coach Ken Hitchcock declined to provide an update on Gunnarsson after the match, so the blueliner should be viewed as questionable to play Sunday afternoon against the Red Wings.
Carl Gunnarsson D STL 1 Month
Gunnarsson picked up an assist Friday in a 5-1 win over the Bruins. He was plus-1 and blocked two shots in the contest.Gunnarsson has just 11 points on the season, but he is plus-13 and logging more than 17 minutes per game. He lack of offense makes him a less useful asset in shallow leagues, but in deep leagues his plus/minus rating is helpful.
Carl Gunnarsson D STL 2 Months
Gunnarsson netted a rare goal in Monday's victory over the Avalanche.
It's just the second tally in 29 games on the season for the rearguard, who does his best work in front of the Blues' netminders. On a team with as much offensive firepower as the Blues, Gunnarsson simply isn't relied upon to be much of a puck mover, limiting his fantasy upside to an extent.
Carl Gunnarsson D STL 3 Months
Gunnarsson (concussion) was activated from injured reserve and will play Friday against the Ducks, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Gunnarsson has been out since Dec. 6 with the concussion, resulting in his second lengthy absence of the season after offseason hip surgery delayed his debut. The Blues plan to plug in him on the second pairing with Kevin Shattenkirk, where he'll function primary as a stay-at-home type.