Kevin Hayes
Rangers' Kevin Hayes: Leaves game Sunday
Kevin Hayes, RW, NYR
3:15 PM
News: Hayes (lower body) left Sunday's game against Detroit in the second period and won't return, Justin Tasch of the New York Daily News reports.

The winger has been hot lately, with seven points in his last six games, including three multi-point performances. If he's forced to miss time, it would likely end that hot streak, and could force the Rangers to pull someone up from the AHL, given that they currently have only four centers on the roster.

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Kevan Miller
Bruins' Kevan Miller: Won't play Sunday
Kevan Miller, D, BOS
3:00 PM
News: Miller (concussion) won't play in Sunday's tilt in Pittsburgh.

This will make four straight games that the blueliner has missed since leaving the Jan. 14 game against Philly. With three points in 26 games, he shouldn't be on the fantasy radar in most leagues when he returns.

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Thomas Vanek
Red Wings' Thomas Vanek: Leaves game Sunday
Thomas Vanek, LW, DET
1:55 PM
News: Vanek (groin) left Sunday's game after getting hit with a puck in the first period and won't return.

The 33-year-old has been one of the Red Wings' most productive forwards this season with 31 points in 35 games, and the team and fantasy owners alike will be hit hard if he misses extended time. Detroit's next game is Tuesday in Boston, so more information about Vanek's status for that game should come out before puck drop.

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Drew Stafford
Jets' Drew Stafford: Will not play Monday
Drew Stafford, RW, WPG
1:35 PM
News: Stafford (lower leg) will miss Monday's game against Anaheim.

After leaving Saturday's game, the forward will be forced to miss Monday's contest. The 31-year-old has been underperforming this season, with only 12 points in 34 games. The next chance for Stafford to return will come Tuesday against San Jose.

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Colin Wilson
Predators' Colin Wilson: Participates in morning skate, but likely out Sunday
Colin Wilson, C, NSH
1:15 PM
News: Wilson (undisclosed) took part in the team's morning skate Sunday but was not part of the lines. As a result, he will likely miss the evening's contest against the Wild.

Wilson's presence on the ice Sunday morning suggest he's nearing a return to the lineup, but it doesn't appear that will be the case until Tuesday at the earliest. Even when healthy, the 27-year-old winger remains a fantasy option mainly in deeper formats given his 17 points (six goals, 11 assists) through 38 gmes this season.

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Matt Puempel
Rangers' Matt Puempel: Cleared to play, won't Sunday
Matt Puempel, LW, NYR
10:55 AM
News: Puempel (concussion) has been cleared to play, but won't suit up for Sunday's showdown in Detroit, Steve Zipay of Newsday reports. Additionally, Puempel is no longer listed on injured reserve, per the NHL's official media site.

While Puempel appears destined to watch Sunday's game from the press box, his removal from IR suggests that the team may be ready to bring him back for Monday's game against the Kings after an eight-game absence. However, keep in mind that concussions are notoriously tricky injuries to come back from and the young winger has already suffered two this season, so it's hard to pin down exactly when he'll be ready.

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Michal Neuvirth
Flyers' Michal Neuvirth: Leaves game for precautionary reasons
Michal Neuvirth, G, PHI
1:05 AM
News: Neuvirth was removed from Saturday's game after two periods for precautionary reasons, reports NHL.com. He had made 22 saves and allowed three goals.

He had missed 24 games earlier this season because of a left knee injury, so this may be related to that. Unfortunately, there was no update after the game on Neuvirth's condition.

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Nic Dowd
Kings' Nic Dowd: Leaves due to lower-body ailment
Nic Dowd, C, LA
1/21/2017
News: Dowd of Saturday's game against the Islanders in the second period and he did not return after suffering a lower-body injury.

Dowd has managed just two assists in nine games in the month of January, and he hasn't lit the lamp since Dec. 22. He hasn't been terribly productive, posting just four goals and 16 points with a minus-4. Only fantasy owners in deeper pools need to pay him any mind when he is healthy.

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John Gibson
Ducks' John Gibson: Leaves with upper-body injury
John Gibson, G, ANA
1/21/2017
News: Gibson was forced out of Saturday's game against the Wild due to an upper-body injury, and the team announced he is doubtful to return.

Gibson entered the game 7-1-1 with a pair of shutouts over his past nine outings, and he is in line for the victory if the Ducks do not relinquish the lead before time expires. Jonathan Bernier would likely carry the load if Gibson is forced to the shelf. More on a timetable for his return when we know it.

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Chris Kelly
Senators' Chris Kelly: Forced to leave game early
Chris Kelly, C, OTT
1/21/2017
News: Kelly (undisclosed) was forced out of Saturday's game against the Maple Leafs after falling awkwardly along the boards, Terry Koshan of The Toronto Sun reports.

Kelly was scoreless in 6:20, and he was unable to return. The source and severity of Kelly's injury is not yet known. We'll keep you apprised of the situation, but only fantasy owners in the deepest of pools will want to bother with Kelly when healthy.

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