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DFS NHL PLAYBOOK: MARCH 23
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Tyler Johnson Headshot

Johnson, who has been sidelined by a lower-body injury since Mar. 9, hasn't skated with the team since then, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The forward's return to the Tampa Bay lineup thus does not appear imminent as back-to-back tilts Thursday (at Boston) and Friday (at Detroit) approach.
2:23 pm (EST)
Ondrej Kase Headshot

Kase was a healthy scratch for the third time in four games Wednesday against Edmonton.

With just 14 points -- five goals -- through 51 games this season, Kase wasn't on the fantasy radar in the first place. However, he had been seeing some fleeting top-six looks before Patrick Eaves was acquired, and the freshman does boast some long-term offensive upside. For now, though, it's best to ignore Kase in all fantasy settings.
2:21 pm (EST)
Josh Manson Headshot

Manson scored his fourth goal of the season during Wednesday's win over Edmonton.

Manson's solid real-world game doesn't fully translate to fantasy success, but he can certainly help in the hits (211) and PIM (69) columns. Additionally, he's proven to be a capable possession player with a career 54.3 Corsi For percentage at five-on-five. With just 14 points for the season, Manson will need to show an uptick in offensive production before he's a serviceable option in the majority of seasonal leagues.
2:17 pm (EST)
Micheal Ferland Headshot

Ferland is symptom-free after dealing with mumps, and he rejoined the team Thursday.

Ferland was quarantined for five days so that the contagious illness did not spread further. He should be available for the evening's road game against the Predators, claiming a spot in the top six.
2:17 pm (EST)
James Henderson Headshot

Henderson was released by the Cubs on Thursday, Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago reports.

Henderson was looking to earn a spot in the Cubs' bullpen as a non-roster invitee, however his 9.64 ERA in 4.2 innings this spring wasn't enough to get Chicago to bite. He's struggled since a 2014 shoulder injury, but he'll look to catch on with another team's bullpen.
2:16 pm (EST)
Evgeni Malkin Headshot

Malkin (upper body) was absent from Thursday's game-day practice, effectively ruling him out against the Senators, Sam Werner of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Considering Malkin is not practicing with the team, and the Pens will have a short turnaround with back-to-back games, it seems likely the center will also be sidelined against the Isles on Friday. The injury-prone Russian has already missed three games with this latest ailment, but remains a top fantasy option when in the lineup given he is averaging 1.16 points per game this year.
2:13 pm (EST)
Victor Bartley Headshot

Bartley (torn triceps) was on the ice for morning skate Thursday, Michael Russo of the Star Tribune reports.

The 29-year-old defenseman, who was expected back earlier this month, is recovering slowly but surely. He's not likely to return in time to make an impact during the regular season, but the Wild are a shoe-in for the playoffs and that's where his focus should be now.
2:08 pm (EST)
Darrell Ceciliani Headshot

Ceciliani has heated up this spring and put himself back in the conversation for an Opening Day outfield role, Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star reports.

After a slow start to the Grapefruit League season, Ceciliani has earned a seat at the table with a recent stretch of solid production. He's driven in a team-high eight runs this spring while managing the second-most hits on the team (14). In fairness, Ceciliani's 51 at-bats significantly exceeds most of the team and there's no hiding the 29 percent strikeout rate. Realistically, a platoon in left field is the best it will get for the 26-year-old, and even for that, Ceciliani will need to beat out trusted veteran Ezequiel Carrera. On the positive side, the former fourth-round pick of the Mets is at least garnering some attention that could earn him some MLB playing time later in 2017.
2:08 pm (EST)
Miguel Cabrera Headshot

Cabrera (back) said he won't play until Friday at the earliest, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.

Cabrera apparently felt a pop in his back during the first WBC game and has been receiving daily treatment ever since, though he also noted that it's feeling better. Friday may seem slightly optimistic for his return, as the Tigers don't have any plans to rush its star back. Detroit isn't worried about his status at this point, but that may change if he doesn't return to action relatively soon.
2:05 pm (EST)
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