Matt Irwin D NSH 4 days ago
Irwin scored his first goal of the season in Thursday's 5-3 loss to the Canucks.
Irwin has been a healthy scratch more often than not this season, but with P.K. Subban still on the IR with an upper-body injury, Irwin has been getting more looks lately. He has now been in the lineup for a season-high six consecutive games, and he has a goal and two assists over that span to show for it. That being said, with Subban's return looming on the horizon, Irwin will likely return to healthy-scratch status before long.
Matt Irwin D NSH 2 weeks ago
Irwin scored his second point of the season with an assist in Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the Avalanche.
Irwin continues to platoon with Anthony Bitetto for a spot opposite Yannick Weber on the Preds' third defensive pairing. As a result, he's only played in eight games this season, giving him next to no value in most fantasy formats. Furthermore, once P.K. Subban returns from injury, he might play even less. Needless to say, he should not be on your fantasy roster right now.
Matt Irwin D NSH 1 month ago
Irwin skated just 8:42 in Saturday's 1-0 win over the Bruins, registering two hits and a blocked shot.
The good news is, this was Irwin's third time back in the lineup after sitting out the first 11 games of the season as a healthy scratch. The bad news is, he's still seeing minimal ice time playing on the third defensive pairing, and has yet to register a point or even a shot on goal this season. Looking ahead, once Dan Hamhuis returns from the IR, Irwin will likely go back to riding the pine most nights.
Matt Irwin D NSH 2 months ago
Irwin has not yet suited up for a game this season, having sat out the Predators' first four games as a healthy scratch.
Irwin played more than half the schedule last season, registering just eight points in 50 games, but he has yet to crack the lineup this season. He is really nothing more than a depth defenseman for the Preds at this point, and should continue to battle with Anthony Bitetto, Yannick Weber and Dan Hamhuis for a spot on the third defensive pairing. As such, he has little to no fantasy value in most formats.
Matt Irwin D NSH 7 months ago
Irwin totaled two goals and six assists throughout 50 appearances in 2017-18, while also notching 78 hits.
This marked Irwin's second season in Nashville, but he saw his time on ice drop from 16:16 in his first campaign to 13:26 this season. The lower usage was likely a big reason why Irwin was unable to crack 10 points for the fifth time in his career, but he also made a mark defensively blocking 54 shots, and did post a solid 51 percent corsi rating. The 30-year-old is due back in Music City for 2018-19, although he's set to be a free agent afterwords. The fact he played in 12 of 13 playoff contests bodes well for his usage next season, although he should primarily skate on the third pairing.
Matt Irwin D NSH 9 months ago
Irwin served as a healthy scratch for the sixth time in the past eight games Saturday against Minnesota.
Irwin continues to serve mostly as a depth defenseman for the Preds this season, having played in just 47 of a possible 74 games. However, he could get a chance to suit up Sunday against the Jets in place of the injured Yannick Weber who left Saturday's game with an undisclosed injury. Either way, Irwin's fantasy value remains almost nonexistent in most standard formats.
Matt Irwin D NSH 10 months ago
Irwin served as a healthy scratch for the fifth consecutive game Thursday against the Senators.
Irwin has been jockeying all season with Anthony Bitetto and Yannick Weber for a spot on the team's third blueline pairing, but appears to be the odd man out right now. He did play in five consecutive games during the second half of January, but hasn't suited up since. Bottom line, zero ice time equals zero fantasy value, so feel free to cut him loose.
Matt Irwin D NSH 11 months ago
Irwin signed a two-year contract extension valued at $650,000 in 2018-19 and $700,000 in the subsequent year.
Predators GM David Poile has placed an emphasis on solidifying his defensive corps for future seasons, granting extensions to Irwin, Yannick Weber and Anthony Bitetto on Tuesday. None of these players tilt the scales in the fantasy realm, but Irwin, for one, is a quality shot blocker who's managed a plus-17 rating since joining the Preds ahead of last season.
Matt Irwin D NSH 11 months ago
Irwin recorded just his sixth point of the season with an assist Wednesday against the Blues.
Irwin has been in and out of the lineup with regularity so far in December, having played in just six of a possible 11 games. As part of the Preds' third defensive pairing, he typically only sees 11-12 minutes of ice time whenever he does play, giving him very little fantasy value in most formats.
Matt Irwin D NSH 12 months ago
Irwin served as a healthy scratch for the fourth time in five games Saturday against the Flames.
Irwin seemed to have a regular spot in the lineup locked down early in the season, having played in 25 of the Preds' first 27 games. However, coach Peter Laviolette now looks to be favouring a combination of Yannick Weber and Anthony Bitetto on his third defensive pairing. Irwin will surely be given another shot to earn his keep at some point, but for now remains the odd man out, giving him almost zero fantasy value in most settings.