Marcus Kruger C CAR 3 hours ago
Kruger (illness) will suit up for Saturday's road game against the Sabres, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports.
The Swede's return should bolster a Carolina penalty kill that ranks 20th in the league, but he probably doesn't have much of a fantasy hockey audience as the owner of a single point (an assist) through 18 games this season.
Thomas Greiss G NYI 4 hours ago
Greiss will start in the blue paint against host Tampa Bay on Saturday, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
We'll get to the point in saying that you should avoid using Greiss if at all possible Saturday. He'll be pitted against a Lightning squad that boasts the league's top offense (four goals per game) and shooting percentage (12.4), plus the Bolts have rattled off five straight wins and own an 8-1-1 record at Amalie Arena. The German backstop will be searching for his third straight victory, but he's posted ho-hum peripherals -- including a 3.00 GAA and .913 save percentage -- over that mini streak.
DTDOlli Maatta D PIT 4 hours ago
Maatta is dealing with an illness and consequently will be a game-time decision for Saturday's home tilt against the Blackhawks.
This explains why the defenseman didn't show up for morning skate. It seems like the Penguins always have a tough time solidifying the defensive corps, but the silver lining for the two-time defending champs is that they'll welcome Matt Hunwick (concussion) back into the fold after he'd missed the past 15 games.
Matt Hunwick D PIT 4 hours ago
Hunwick (concussion) will rejoin the lineup for Saturday night's game against the Blackhawks.
A stay-at-home defenseman who missed 15 straight games probably isn't going to entice fantasy owners, but he's valuable to the Penguins as a smooth skater who rarely commits turnovers. Look for him on the right side of Ian Cole to comprise the third pair in the upcoming contest.
IRChris Wideman D OTT 4 hours ago
Wideman (hamstring) will be "gone for months," Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports.
Initially, it was believed that Wideman would miss multiple weeks not months, but then again, the defenseman completely ripped his hamstring. Placed on injured reserve per the NHL's official media site, fantasy owners should check back on his status in early 2017. Unfortunately, Senators coach Guy Boucher doesn't know if Wideman will even be able to return this season.
Mike Smith G CGY 4 hours ago
Smith will defend the cage from the Flyers in Philadelphia for Saturday's matinee, NHL.com reports.
There were questions as to whether Smith would be fit to play in this contest considering he'd missed Wednesday's 8-2 loss to the Red Wings with an upper-body injury, but the Flames have since reassigned goalie prospect Jon Gillies to AHL Stockton as the clear sign that the veteran would be all systems go for this next one. Smith has already appeared in 16 games this season, recording a 9-6-0 record, 2.63 GAA and .921 save percentage. He'll field pucks from a Flyers squad that has lost three straight but is highly accustomed to playing in Saturday afternoon games.
Braden Holtby G WSH 4 hours ago
Holtby will work between the pipes in Saturday's home game versus the Wild, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports.
The Capitals gave Holtby a breather for Thursday's game against the Avalanche, opting to go with backup Philipp Grubauer instead. However, it wasn't the outcome the Caps were seeking, as the German was shelled for six goals on 28 shots on the way to a 6-2 loss. Minnesota -- the next opponent -- ranks 13th by means of averaging 3.06 goals per game, and Holtby could have his hands full against this Western Conference team that has won four straight contests.
IRCarter Rowney C PIT 5 hours ago
Rowney (hand) was on the ice for morning skate Saturday, but he wore a no-contact jersey, Josh Getzoff of PensTV reports.
Having already missed 12 games with the ailment, Rowney appears to be making progress, but it's safe to say he won't be playing against the visiting Blackhawks on Saturday evening. Perhaps it'll be a different story for Wednesday's home clash with the Canucks.
Wade Megan C/LW STL 5 hours ago
Megan was recalled from AHL Chicago on Saturday.
The Blues waived Megan exactly a month ago, but they were fielding the bare minimum amount of forwards until calling him back up Saturday. He's not someone you want to be eyeing in fantasy pools due to a lack of experience, though Megan brings size and grit to the lineup and makes for a solid depth option to the benefit of the big club.
DTDJordan Weal C PHI 5 hours ago
Weal will not play Saturday afternoon against the Flames due to an upper-body injury.
Weal is officially labeled day-to-day with the ailment, and now the Flyers need to figure out who will replace the power-play pivot -- a skater who has shuffled between the second and third lines this season to average 13:49 of ice time through 17 games. We're projecting Jori Lehtera to tag into the lineup after serving as a healthy scratch last time out.