Brock McGinn
Hurricanes' Brock McGinn: Mystery issue to keep him out Sunday
Brock McGinn, LW, CAR
12:50 PM
News: McGinn (undisclosed) missed Saturday's practice and he will not play in Sunday's home game against the Flames.

Hurricanes coach Bill Peters did not disclose the reason for McGinn's upcoming absence, but it's not as if the winger had been in a prime fantasy position anyway; he's averaged a mere 12:33 of ice time per contest, with that bottom-six role yielding a mere 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in 41 games. Derek Ryan should sub in at left wing.

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Tyler Bozak
Maple Leafs' Tyler Bozak: Game-time call Saturday
Tyler Bozak, C, TOR
12:25 PM
News: Bozak (undisclosed) will be a game-time decision Saturday evening, when the Maple Leafs play host to the Canadiens, Kristen Shilton of TSN reports.

Social media is ablaze with speculation that Bozak could be on the move in advance of Wednesday's trade deadline, but it remains just that -- speculation. Of course, coach Mike Babcock being cryptic about the nature of Bozak's issue only adds fuel to the rumor mill. The veteran pivot has one year remaining on his contract before he'd be an unrestricted free agent, though he does have a modified no-trade clause that includes 12 teams permitted to bid on his services. It would be wise to monitor this situation carefully, as Bozak has been quite productive with 39 points (14 goals, 25 assists) -- as well five goals and seven assists on the man advantage -- through 57 games this season.

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Justin Schultz
Penguins' Justin Schultz: Game-time call Saturday
Justin Schultz, D, PIT
12:05 PM
News: Schultz (concussion) will be a game-time decision for Saturday's matchup with the Flyers.

Head coach Mike Sullivan told reporters Schultz "feels really good" after Saturday's morning skate, indicating the 26-year-old blueliner is likely closer to probable than questionable for the Penguins' tilt against Philadelphia. Schultz's availability for Saturday evening's contest likely won't be confirmed until after pregame warmups, but his owners should plan on slotting him back into their lineups immediately if he's given the green light, as he's been a fantasy stud this season, racking up 39 points (nine goals, 30 assists) in 56 games.

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Matt Niskanen
Capitals' Matt Niskanen: Will not play Saturday
Matt Niskanen, D, WAS
11:50 AM
News: Niskanen (lower body) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against the Predators, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports.

The Minnesotan will miss his second straight game with the ailment as Washington has decided to be cautious with his recovery and give him plenty of time to heal. He has already equaled last season's total of 32 points, but has accomplished it in only 58 games, so fantasy owners should be ready to activate him as soon as he is able to return.

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Kris Letang
Penguins' Kris Letang: Unable to play Saturday
Kris Letang, D, PIT
11:50 AM
News: Letang (upper body) has officially been ruled out for Saturday's game against the Flyers.

The Pens haven't played since edging the Hurricanes on the road Tuesday, but Letang was unable to skate with the regulars three days later, leaving the hockey world pessimistic about his availability for the next contest. Newcomer Ron Hainsey is projected to slot in on the top pair with Brian Dumoulin since Tanger won't be out there. The mobile blueliner will hope to return for Tuesday's match in Dallas.

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Alexander Burmistrov
Coyotes' Alex Burmistrov: Leaves with upper-body ailment
Alexander Burmistrov, C, ARI
1:40 AM
News: Burmistrov sustained an upper-body injury in Friday night's loss to the Coyotes, NHL.com reports.

The Russian barely reached seven minutes of ice time before departing, which is especially unfortunate since he likely had more eyes on him in the fantasy realm following a two-assist effort against the Blackhawks the previous night. At any rate, he should be considered day-to-day and scheduled for reevaluation ahead of Sunday's home clash with the Sabres.

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T.J. Oshie
Capitals' T.J. Oshie: Will sit again Saturday
T.J. Oshie, RW, WAS
1:20 AM
News: Oshie (upper body) will not travel to Nashvile for Saturday's game against the Predators, NHL.com reports.

While this news effectively rules Oshie out for the next contest, the sniper could end up returning to action Tuesday for an away game against the Rangers -- of course, it all depends on how he feels in the coming days. Remarkably, Oshie is converting on 22.9 percent of his shot attempts, which leads the league and is absolutely absurd given the volume -- he's lit the lamp 24 times on 105 attempts through 50 games.

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Jonathan Quick
Kings' Jonathan Quick: Could return as soon as Saturday
Jonathan Quick, G, LA
1:15 AM
News: Quick (groin) was the first goalie off the ice at Friday's practice which may be pointing to a return as soon as Saturday, LA Kings Insider reports.

Nothing is official yet but Quick's progress in recent practices may have the Kings accelerating his return to the crease.

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Brooks Orpik
Capitals' Brooks Orpik: Won't play Saturday
Brooks Orpik, D, WAS
1:10 AM
News: Orpik (lower body) will not travel to Nashville for Saturday's game against the Predators, NHL.com reports.

Washington is sitting pretty with a seven-point lead over Pittsburgh in the Eastern Conference standings, so there would be no reason to rush the 36-year-old back from his injury. However, when he's fit to play -- possibly in New York against the Rangers on Tuesday -- Orpik should reprise his role as a stay-at-home defenseman capable of hitting the 20-minute mark. Even with plenty of mileage on the biological odometer, the American has managed 142 hits and 97 blocked shots in 59 games this campaign.

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John Gibson
Ducks' John Gibson: Dealing with strain, apparently not severe
John Gibson, G, ANA
2/24/2017
News: Gibson's (lower body) MRI revealed that he's only dealing with a strain, but he won't be available for Saturday's road game against the Kings, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.

After the Ducks face their divisional foes, they'll have the luxury of a five-day bye with the trade deadline in between. This, of course, will afford Gibson plenty of time to heal from the supposed minor ailment. Jonathan Bernier claims the No. 1 goalie spot on Anaheim's depth chart with Gibson on IR.

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