Logan Couture C SJ 28 minutes ago
Couture (illness) will return to the lineup for Friday's game against Anaheim.
Couture missed Thursday's loss to the Kings due to an illness, but he was never expected to be sidelined for long. He'll return to his usual top-six role as well as a spot on San Jose's first power-play unit Friday.
John Gibson G ANA 45 minutes ago
Gibson will guard the goal in Friday's home game against the Sharks, Eric Stephens of The Athletic reports.
Gibson was a little shaky in his last start Wednesday against Winnipeg, surrendering three goals on 23 shots en route to a 3-0 defeat. The American backstop will look to bounce back and pick up his 23rd win of the season in a home matchup with a slumping San Jose team that's lost four straight games.
Aaron Dell G SJ 2 hours ago
Dell will patrol the crease in Friday's road game against the Ducks, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic reports.
Dell wasn't great in his last appearance Monday against Vegas, surrendering three goals on 30 shots after relieving Martin Jones in the first period of the eventual 7-3 loss. The 29-year-old netminder will look to bounce back and secure his 10th win of the season in a road matchup with an Anaheim team that's only averaging 2.50 goals per game at home this campaign, last in the NHL.
SUSYanni Gourde F TB 3 hours ago
Gourde has been suspended two games for an illegal check to the head on Carolina's Jordan Staal.
Gourde's suspension comes at an inopportune time for his owners that are currently competing in the fantasy playoffs, as he's been a solid depth contributor throughout the season, notching 20 goals and 44 points in 75 games. The 27-year-old winger won't be eligible to return until March 30 against Washington.
Matthew Puempel LW DET 3 hours ago
The Red Wings recalled Puempel from AHL Grand Rapids on Friday.
Detroit is currently dealing with several injuries up front, so Puempel will round out the team's depth at forward for the foreseeable future. The 26-year-old has racked up 42 points in 51 AHL appearances this season.
DTDCarl Hagelin LW WSH 4 hours ago
Hagelin was scratched from Friday's lineup versus the Wild due to illness.
Hagelin's absence opens the door for Chandler Stephenson to draw in, though Stephenson doesn't present nearly as much upside from a fantasy standpoint. Hagelin has had a down year overall, but he's heated up since joining the Caps, collecting eight points over 13 games and three in the last two. With Friday out of the picture, the veteran winger will take aim at returning Sunday against the Flyers.
Jacob Middleton D SJ 5 hours ago
The Sharks sent Middleton back to AHL San Jose on Friday.
Middleton didn't draw into Monday's game against the Golden Knights, so he will take his place back among the minor-league ranks to make room for Nick DeSimone's promotion. The 23-year-old defenseman owns a plus-14 rating, marking his highest upside from a fantasy standpoint considering he's collected just 18 points in 50 games.
DTDLibor Sulak D DET 5 hours ago
Sulak (illness) won't be in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Golden Knights.
Sulak will miss a third consecutive contest Saturday, but he's only dealing with an illness rather than an injury, so he could be ready to return as soon as Monday against the Sharks. The 25-year-old blueliner has gone scoreless in six appearances with the big club this season.
Ross Johnston LW NYI 5 hours ago
Johnston has been a healthy scratch for the past seven games, and he's only played 17 games this season.
The Islanders are mired in a goal-scoring slump, as they have been held scoreless in back-to-back games and only have 10 goals in their last seven contests. Johnston isn't likely the answer to the Isles' offensive problems, as goal scoring is not his biggest talent, but perhaps his physicality would open up the ice for more skilled players. Still, Johnston is only likely to see the ice if a forward were to come down with an illness or an injury.
Nick DeSimone D SJ 6 hours ago
The Sharks recalled DeSimone from AHL San Jose on Friday, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic reports.
The 24-year-old blueliner has yet to make his debut at the top level, but he's proven to be an offensive threat with AHL San Jose, notching 39 points over 55 games. With six other players currently healthy on the roster, there's no guarantee he will make his debut this time around either.