DTDErik Gudbranson D VAN 1 hour ago
Gudbranson (upper body) is considered doubtful for Friday's game against the Devils, Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Gudbranson suffered the injury in Wednesday's game against the Pelicans and was unable to return, leaving the Canucks with just five healthy defensemen. With Gudbrandon set to miss Friday's contest, the team could potentially be light on depth in the back heading into the weekend.
DTDScott Wilson LW DET 2 hours ago
Wilson (lower body) participated in Thursday's practice, Dana Wakiji of the Red Wings' official site reports.
This is encouraging news for the wing after he was forced out of Wednesday's loss to the Oilers with the lower body injury. Barring any setbacks prior to the drop of the puck, it looks like Wilson should be good to go for Friday's matchup with the Rangers.
Travis Konecny C/LW PHI 2 hours ago
Konecny failed to score a goal for the 12th consecutive game during Wednesday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Islanders.
Talent isn't in question with Konecny, and he posted a respectable 11 goals and 28 points as a rookie last season. However, skating on the third line and averaging 1:54 of power-play time per game isn't an ideal fantasy setup. With his upside currently capped, there aren't many seasonal leagues where the sophomore can provide serviceable numbers. His long-term outlook remains encouraging for deep keeper/dynasty settings, though.
Taylor Leier LW PHI 3 hours ago
Leier scored a goal through just 7:34 of ice time during Wednesday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Islanders.
Not only did the tally snap a 10-game point drought, it was also the first of the season for the 23-year-old winger. Leier is averaging just 11:20 of ice time per game this season, and he's currently skating on the fourth line and not receiving power-play time. With the single goal and just two helpers through 20 games for the campaign, Leier is not a viable option in the majority of fantasy setups.
Robert Hagg D PHI 3 hours ago
Hagg has just two assists and 31 shots through 22 games this season.
The 22-year-old defenseman plays a safe and simple game, which has enabled him to climb the depth chart and pair with Ivan Provorov on the top pairing. However, it hasn't translated into significant fantasy value. Additionally, while Hagg owns a solid plus-10 rating, he's also sporting a discouraging 45.2 Corsi For percentage. It's difficult to consider the rookie a viable fantasy asset until he shows more signs of offensive potential.
Gabriel Bourque W COL 3 hours ago
Bourque has failed to register a point in all seven games this season.
Bourque has played 66 AHL games compared to just 13 in the NHL over the past two seasons, and he hasn't recorded a point at the highest level since Nov. 11, 2015. Currently locked into a depth role with the Avs, it's unlikely the 27-year-old forward shows marked offensive improvement without a promotion up the lineup.
Ryan Stanton D EDM 3 hours ago
Stanton was Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette to the AHL's Bakersfield Condors on Thursday.
Stanton was called up Wednesday ahead of the Oilers' matchup with the Red Wings, but he did not see any ice time in the 6-2 win. He's expected to spend majority of the 2017-18 season with Bakersfield.
J.T. Compher C COL 3 hours ago
Compher has a single goal through six games since returning from a thumb injury Nov. 10.
Compher has two goals, five points and 26 shots while averaging 14:50 of ice time per outing (1:00 with the man advantage) through 14 games this season. While it's modest production, the 22-year-old winger owns the offensive upside to take advantage of his current top-six role and power-play time. It's probably still best to take a wait-and-see approach in most fantasy setups, though.
OUTEvgeni Malkin C PIT 3 hours ago
Malkin (upper body) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Bruins, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
It seemed unlikely that Malkin was going to be with the team Friday after he wasn't seen on the ice for practice Thursday morning. Coach Mike Sullivan would not rule Malkin out for Saturday's matchup with the Lightning, so expect another update to come Saturday regarding his health.
Freddie Hamilton C CGY 3 hours ago
Hamilton played just 6:29 during Wednesday's 1-0 overtime loss to Columbus.
Not only has Hamilton hardly seen the ice when in the lineup (8:11 through four games), he's also been a healthy scratch in 16 of 20 contests this season. Additionally, he also cleared waivers earlier this month. It's probably best to avoid Hamilton in all fantasy settings moving forward.