Yannick Weber
Predators' Yannick Weber: Missing another game Tuesday
Yannick Weber, D, NSH
5:59 PM
News: Weber (upper body) is not in the lineup for Tuesday night's game in Boston.

This will be Weber's second consecutive absence and he does not have a timeline for return right now. That should be fine by most fantasy players, as Weber hasn't gotten on the scoresheet in 17 straight games.

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Andreas Athanasiou
Red Wings' Andreas Athanasiou: No-show in warmups
Andreas Athanasiou, C, DET
5:50 PM
News: Athanasiou wasn't spotted in warmups and will not play Tuesday against the Hurricanes.

We aren't sure what exactly is keeping Athanasiou off the ice; nevertheless, he won't be playing in Carolina. The 22-year-old has two goals and an assist over his past two contests. Stay tuned to see if this will be an ongoing process.

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Cody Franson
Sabres' Cody Franson: Won't play Tuesday
Cody Franson, D, BUF
5:48 PM
News: Franson (undisclosed) is not in the lineup for Tuesday night's game in Columbus.

Franson misses his fifth consecutive contest and the team has not established any sort of timetable for his return as of yet. Brady Austin could continue to see extended looks while Franson and Taylor Fedun (undisclosed) remain sidelined.

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Kevin Klein
Rangers' Kevin Klein: Will sit Tuesday
Kevin Klein, D, NYR
4:44 PM
News: Klein will not suit up for Tuesday night's game in San Jose after feeling some tightness in his back following Sunday's contest in Anaheim.

This pesky back injury has been hampering Klein for the better part of the season's second half and it's unclear at this point how it will affect him going forward. Between the injury problems and his limited effectiveness on offense, he's not a recommended play for the fantasy playoffs. Dan Girardi will slot back into the lineup Tuesday in Klein's place.

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Kyle Okposo
Sabres' Kyle Okposo: Unlikely to play Tuesday with illness
Kyle Okposo, RW, BUF
4:36 PM
News: Okposo (illness) is doubtful to play Tuesday against the Blue Jackets.

After recently returning from missing 10 games to a rib injury, Okposo will likely watch this one from the sidelines. In the last four games he has played, though, the 28-year-old notched one goal and five assists. If he is unable to play in Columbus, he'll have four days to recover before his next opportunity to play at home against the Islanders.

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Jacob Markstrom
Canucks' Jacob Markstrom: Could be shut down soon
Jacob Markstrom, G, VAN
3:42 PM
News: Coach Willie Desjardins said the team will "have to make a medical decision" on Markstrom's injured knee soon, indicating that the Swedish goalie could be shut down for the season, The Province reports.

With the Canucks already eliminated from playoff contention, sitting Markstrom for the remainder of the campaign would seem to be a prudent move for the team, as the Swede could be in the running for the starting goalie role next season. It's probably not worth investing in Markstrom at this point in the season anyhow.

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Jack Skille
Canucks' Jack Skille: Ankle in bad shape
Jack Skille, RW, VAN
3:23 PM
News: Skille was seen walking around on crutches Tuesday and his injured ankle was quite swollen, Jay Janower of Global BC reports.

The status of Skille's ankle would seem to indicate that he won't suit up for Tuesday night's game and he very well could be out for longer. With an astounding eight Vancouver forwards dealing with injuries of varying severity, defenseman Alex Biega could continue to draw into the lineup as a forward.

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Erik Gudbranson
Canucks' Erik Gudbranson: Practicing in limited capacity
Erik Gudbranson, D, VAN
3:04 PM
News: Gudbranson (wrist) skated on his own Tuesday morning and jumped in at the end of the Canucks' team skate, but remains without a timetable for return.

Gudbranson was not a fantasy asset before going down with the injury and this lengthy absence does not improve his stock as the campaign comes to a close. He could provide some defensive benefit to the Vancouver blue line if he does return this season, but he should be avoided in the majority of fantasy formats.

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Nick Cousins
Flyers' Nick Cousins: Making progress
Nick Cousins, C, PHI
2:55 PM
News: Cousins (upper body) won't play Tuesday against the Senators, CSN Philadelphia reports.

On the plus side, Cousins, who hasn't played in the Flyers' last six games due to a possible concussion, took part in Tuesday's morning skate, signaling a degree of progress in advance of Thursday's game against the Islanders.

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Loui Eriksson
Canucks' Loui Eriksson: Eyeing Friday return
Loui Eriksson, LW, VAN
2:53 PM
News: Eriksson (lower body) could return to the lineup against the Kings on Friday, ruling him out for Tuesday night's contest against the Ducks.

Tuesday's game will represent the 11th consecutive game that Eriksson has missed as a result of this nagging ailment, but it does sound like he'll be able to return before the season's end. Even if he does though, he notched just two points in the eleven games before his injury, so momentum is certainly not on his side in the final stages of the campaign.

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