Ryan McDonagh
D TB
Sun 3/8/20 3:51 PM

McDonagh (lower body) will be activated off injured reserve and suit up in Sunday's contest against Detroit, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

McDonagh will finally return to the lineup after missing the past 14 games with the lower-body issue. He'll assume a lineup spot for Victor Hedman (undisclosed) who's set to miss Sunday's game. McDonagh will be a nice boost to the lineup for the Lightning, as he's racked up 12 points and a plus-17 rating in 48 appearances this campaign.

Ryan McDonagh
D TB
Sat 3/7/20 11:22 AM

McDonagh (lower body) skated in a regular jersey Saturday but is unlikely to make his return later in the day against Boston, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

McDonagh appears right on the edge of making his return but won't do so Saturday. The Lightning will be right back in action Sunday in Detroit, and McDonagh could be back in the lineup as soon as that game if things break right.

Ryan McDonagh
D TB
Wed 3/4/20 1:55 PM

McDonagh (lower body) participated in contact drills Wednesday but won't play against the Canadiens on Thursday, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

Head coach Jon Cooper relayed that he believes McDonagh is even stronger than he was before sustaining a lower-body injury Feb. 6 against the Penguins. It's possible and perhaps likely that he'll be ready to return during the team's back-to-back this weekend, starting Saturday against the Bruins. He'll need to be lifted from IR first, but once he's cleared to go, he'll likely bump either Braydon Coburn or Zach Bogosian from the lineup.

Ryan McDonagh
D TB
Mon 3/2/20 12:53 PM

Head coach Jon Cooper said McDonagh (lower body) should return to practice this week, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

McDonagh hasn't played since sustaining the injury Feb. 6 against the Penguins, but he seems to be approaching a return. The Minnesota native has struggled this year with just 12 points over 48 games, so he likely won't be a hot commodity when the fantasy playoff period begins. Once McDonagh's ready to go, Braydon Coburn will likely come out of the lineup.

Ryan McDonagh
D TB
Mon 2/24/20 6:20 PM

General manager Julien BriseBois said Monday that McDonagh is still expected to miss at least 10-14 more days with a lower-body injury.

EDGE Analysis

The defenseman has missed the past eight contests while dealing with the lower-body injury, and the injury appears still serious enough for him to miss multiple weeks. McDonagh's absence has left a hole in their top-six defensive corps, forcing them to continue to elevate Erik Cernak (lower body) into that role. Expect the team to provide an update on McDonagh's health on a weekly basis before he's officially activated off injured reserve.

Ryan McDonagh
D TB
Sun 2/16/20 9:02 PM

McDonagh (lower body) is considered week-to-week but is expected to return during the regular season, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Minnesota native has missed the last five games, and it appears that he'll be out for at least a few more weeks, though the timeline for his return is still unknown. McDonagh has 12 points and a plus-7 rating in 48 games this season.

Ryan McDonagh
D TB
Fri 2/14/20 1:26 PM

McDonagh (lower body) has been placed on injured reserve, per the NHL media site.

EDGE Analysis

McDonagh already missed the last four games due to his lower-body injury and could be sidelined longer considering he hasn't begun skating yet, per Caley Chelios of the Lightning's official site. The blueliner's absence, along with that of Jan Rutta (lower body), will see Braydon Coburn and Luke Schenn remain in the lineup.

Ryan McDonagh
D TB
Sat 2/8/20 11:52 AM

According to coach Jon Cooper, McDonagh (lower body) is "probably a couple weeks away" from returning to action.

EDGE Analysis

McDonagh's lengthy absence will test Tampa Bay's depth on the back end, but it won't impact many fantasy lineups, as he's had a pretty underwhelming season from an offensive standpoint, having notched just 12 points through 48 games to date. The Minnesota native will almost certainly be placed on injured reserve for the duration of his recovery.

Ryan McDonagh
D TB
Sat 2/8/20 10:51 AM

McDonagh (lower body) won't play in Saturday's game versus the Islanders, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

McDonagh sustained a lower-body injury during Thursday's win over the Penguins, so he'll stay on the shelf Saturday. The Lightning are already without Jan Rutta (lower body), so Erik Cernak is expected to play on the top pairing while Kevin Shattenkirk is lifted to the second.

Ryan McDonagh
D TB
Thu 2/6/20 9:12 PM

McDonagh suffered a lower-body injury in Thursday's game against Pittsburgh and won't return.

EDGE Analysis

McDonagh suffered the injury blocking a shot on the penalty kill and only skated in 9:28 of ice time before exiting. This is the second straight contest in which the Lightning lost a defenseman mid-game, with Jan Rutta (lower body) getting injured Tuesday. The team will roll with five defensemen for the remainder of the game, and further clarity on McDonagh's status should emerge ahead of Saturday's game against the Islanders.