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Eric Staal Headshot

Staal found the top shelf halfway through the first period in Sunday's 3-2 overtime loss to Detroit.

The last time Staal reached 60 points in a season was 2013-2014 when he tallied 61 over 79 games. 32-year-old now sits in prime position to reach that mark again, as he currently sits at 58 points with seven games to go. Not only that, but he's hot right now recording seven goals and three assists over the past ten games. Staal remains a solid option in virtually any format right now.
8:24 pm (EST)
Paul Millsap Headshot

Millsap is dealing with left knee synovitis and will miss at least the next three games, Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Millsap visited with team doctors recently and was advised to undergo a non-surgical procedure, which has now been completed. Following the procedure, the Hawks went ahead and ruled him out for the next three games, which means Millsap's next opportunity to see the floor would be Sunday's matchup against the Nets. Millsap could very well miss additional time as well, but the Hawks are expected to update his status after reevaluating him this weekend. Look for Ersan Ilyasova to continue to start in his place at power forward, giving him a slightly bigger role than usual.
8:22 pm (EST)
Bronson Arroyo Headshot

Arroyo is close to locking down a rotation spot with the Reds, so long as he can prove healthy in his final spring training start on Tuesday, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.

Because Arroyo has sputtered with an illness and then getting clocked in the head by teammate Devin Mesoraco's throw, he hasn't been stretched out beyond four innings yet. "I think what we have to see, and we've seen it for four innings, we have to see it for those five- and six-inning outings," manager Bryan Price said. "Beyond just the general health, I'm really pleased with how he's pitched and how he's rebounded from pitching. The question coming in was the durability and the ability to provide length. I would be very satisfied and optimistic to see as he goes through his next two outings if he's able to satisfy that requirement. I don't have any doubt at this point in time that he's going to be pitching in the big leagues with us."
8:18 pm (EST)
Luke Glendening Headshot

Glendening sustained a lower-body injury Monday against the Hurricanes and will not return.

The fourth-liner departed after just 1:35 and four shifts in this one, and while the severity of the injury isn't yet known, the fact that he has just 14 points in 74 games suggests his absence won't impact many owners. Nonetheless, look for an update regarding his status from the team sometime prior to Tuesday's rematch with Carolina.
8:15 pm (EST)
Tyreke Evans Headshot

Evans (rest) will not play in Monday's game against the Grizzlies, Sean Cunningham of ABC10 Sacramento reports.

Evans will get the night off solely for rest-related purposes. The 27-year-old is averaging 19.3 minutes per game during his seventh season in the league. As a result of his projected absence, both Buddy Hield and Garret Temple could be in line for a increase in playing time.
8:12 pm (EST)
Arron Afflalo Headshot

Afflalo is not with the team for Monday's game against the Grizzlies because of a personal issue, Sean Cunningham of ABC10 (KXTV) Sacramento reports.

Afflalo will be missing a second consecutive game, although a specific reason has not been given. Tyreke Evans started at small forward in Afflalo's place Sunday, but he's getting the night off for rest as well, so we could see add minutes for the likes of Garrett Temple and Buddy Hield. Afflalo hasn't been given any sort of timetable for a return, but his next opportunity will come on Wednesday against the Jazz.
8:10 pm (EST)
Jonathon Simmons Headshot

Simmons will come off the bench during Monday's game against the Cavaliers, John Michael of Cavs Radio reports.

Simmons earned the start last Saturday following Danny Green's absence, but with Green back in the lineup it appears Simmons will return to his usual role coming off the bench. In 68 games this season, the 27-year-old is averaging 6.1 points per game and 2.1 rebounds per game as a primary substitute.
7:54 pm (EST)
Joe Panik Headshot

Panik was diagnosed with a bruise on his right scapula after taking a hit by pitch in a spring training game Monday, Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reports.

X-rays were precautionary, as the Giants didn't expect a major injury, but confirmation is always good. It wouldn't be surprising if Panik sits out of spring action for a few days, but he should be ready to go come Opening Day.
7:52 pm (EST)
Andrelton Simmons Headshot

Simmons has been sidelined with back tightness for the past few days, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.

The injury isn't expected to linger, and Simmons should be back in action sometime this week. Simmons hasn't gotten many spring at-bats thanks to playing for the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic, but he's still expected to be ready to go for Opening Day.
7:47 pm (EST)
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