Oliver Ekman-Larsson
Coyotes' Oliver Ekman-Larsson: Injured in Saturday's preseason game
Oliver Ekman-Larsson, D, ARI
9/23/2017
News: Ekman-Larsson sustained a lower-body injury during Saturday's preseason game against the Sharks, Sarah McLellan of The Arizona Republic reports.

The Swedish blueliner sustained the injury when he got tied up with San Jose's Mikkel Boedker in the overtime period of Saturday's contest. He had to be helped to the bench by teammate Alex Goligoski and a trainer after falling to the ice during the play. He'll be reevaluated Sunday, so more information regarding the severity of his ailment should be released then, but this is obviously not something the Coyotes or fantasy owners want to see less than two weeks before the regular season. If he was able to avoid a major injury Saturday, Ekman-Larsson will remain a prime bounce-back candidate for the 2017-18 season.

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Chris Butler
Blues' Chris Butler: Exits Saturday's contest with facial laceration
Chris Butler, D, STL
9/23/2017
News: Butler left Saturday's preseason game against the Stars in the third period after taking a puck to the face, Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

The Blues' coaching staff didn't have an update on Butler's status following Saturday's contest, so it's unclear how long he'll be sidelined for. Either way, the 30-year-old blueliner wasn't going to be in consideration for a spot on St. Louis' Opening Night roster, so fantasy owners don't need to concern themselves with his status.

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Colin McDonald
Flyers' Colin McDonald: Out indefinitely
Colin McDonald, RW, PHI
9/23/2017
News: McDonald (lower body) is out indefinitely, Adam Kimelman of NHL.com reports.

The 32-year-old winger provides the Flyers' AHL affiliate with veteran leadership, but he was never going to be in consideration for a spot on the big club's Opening Night roster, so fantasy owners don't need to concern themselves with his availability. Once healthy, McDonald will be sent to the minors.

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Cole Bardreau
Flyers' Cole Bardreau: Out four weeks with upper-body ailment
Cole Bardreau, RW, PHI
9/23/2017
News: Bardreau is expected to be sidelined for four weeks with an upper-body injury, Adam Kimelman of NHL.com reports.

The 24-year-old forward was never expected to make the Flyers' Opening Night roster, so fantasy owners don't need to concern themselves with his status. Once healthy, Bardreau will almost certainly be assigned to AHL Lehigh Valley.

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Jakob Chychrun
Coyotes' Jakob Chychrun: Won't begin skating for several more weeks
Jakob Chychrun, D, ARI
9/23/2017
News: According to general manager John Chayka, Chychrun (knee) is still "a few weeks away from skating," Craig Morgan of NHL.com reports.

The 2016 first-round pick underwent knee surgery in early August that would have ended most players' seasons, but he's determined to return to the Coyotes' lineup before the 2017-18 campaign comes to an end. The American blueliner flashed a ton of potential during his rookie season last year, notching 20 points (seven goals, 13 assists) in 68 games despite averaging just 31 seconds of power-play time per contest. Chychrun can probably be passed over in re-draft leagues, but he's definitely worth a stash in keeper formats.

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Andrew Shaw
Canadiens' Andrew Shaw: Could return to practice Monday
Andrew Shaw, C, MON
9/23/2017
News: According to coach Claude Julien, Shaw (neck) could skate with his teammates Monday, Arpon Basu of The Athletic Montreal reports.

Julien also noted that Shaw's return to practice Monday "is far from guaranteed," but it's nonetheless encouraging to see signs suggesting the gritty forward's recovery is progressing. At this point there's no reason to believe Shaw won't be ready for the Canadiens' regular-season opener against the Sabres on Oct. 5.

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Patrick Eaves
Ducks' Patrick Eaves: New lower-body ailment surfaces
Patrick Eaves, RW, ANA
9/23/2017
News: Eaves is dealing with a lower-body injury that's unrelated to the ankle/foot injuries he dealt with during the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs, Eric Stephens of The Orange County Register reports.

The Ducks still have four preseason games remaining, starting with Sunday's home clash with the expansion Golden Knights, so it's a bit too soon to start seriously worrying about his regular-season availability. Eaves managed 37 points in 59 games with the Stars and 14 in 20 with the Ducks last regular season. Look for the enigmatic winger to be reevaluated in the coming days.

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David Schlemko
Canadiens' David Schlemko: May skate Monday
David Schlemko, D, MON
9/23/2017
News: Schlemko (hand) could resume skating Monday, according to coach Claude Julien, Arpon Basu of The Athletic Montreal reports.

The bench boss included the disclaimer that "it's far from guaranteed," yet possible that Schlemko gets back on the ice to skate Monday. Either way, fantasy owners probably aren't sweating out the status of a guy destined to have lower ownership in the first place. In fact, the 30-year-old is entering his 10th year in the league with his sixth different team, and he still has only 87 points for his career.

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Tom Wilson
Capitals' Tom Wilson: Receives two-game preseason ban
Tom Wilson, RW, WAS
9/23/2017
News: Wilson has been suspended for two preseason games for his hit on Blues forward Robert Thomas in Friday's exhibition match.

As noted in the report, this was the first official safety ruling made by former NHL enforcer George Parros, who was recently hired in as the new Head of the Department of Player Safety. Upon further review, it was confirmed that Wilson had more than a full second to avoid the hit on Thomas, who had lost control of the puck along the side boards before getting drilled. There will only be two games left on the preseason docket for Wilson by the time he's eligible to return.

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Tom Sestito
Penguins' Tom Sestito: Making progress
Tom Sestito, LW, PIT
9/23/2017
News: Sestito (undisclosed) is progressing, per Penguins coach Mike Sullivan, Wes Crosby of NHL.com reports.

The scrappy winger sustained his injury last Friday in a collision with teammate Ryan Reaves. We consider him day-to-day.

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