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DFS NHL Optimal Lineups: February 25
Kenneth Le
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Nick Bonino Headshot

Bonino (illness) will play Saturday against the Flyers.

Bonino missed one game due to his illness, but now he's back and he's penciled in to center Pittsburgh's third line. However, considering that Bonino only has eight goals and 14 assists in 58 games, he likely won't make a huge fantasy impact upon his return.
7:37 pm (EST)
Justin Schultz Headshot

Schultz (concussion) participated in pregame warmups before Saturday's game against the Flyers, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Head coach Mike Sullivan said that Schultz was feeling "really good," so it certainly seems like he's going to play, barring a setback in warmups. Schultz has enjoyed a breakout season, as he has 39 points in 56 games. The Penguins will be happy to have him back after a three-game absence.
7:34 pm (EST)
Tyler Bozak Headshot

Bozak (undisclosed) did not skate in warmups before Saturday's game against the Canadiens and is not expected to play, David Alter of The Athletic reports.

Bozak is considered day-to-day, and this will be the first game he's missed with this undisclosed issue. He's got 12 power-play points for Toronto's league-leading power pay, so he will be missed at least a bit. Ben Smith will play in his place.
6:41 pm (EST)
Troy Stecher Headshot

Stecher (illness) has been placed on injured reserve, meaning he will miss Saturday's game against the Sharks, the NHL's official media site reports.

Stecher is one of several Canucks who has come down with the mumps, leaving Vancouver shorthanded and scrambling. There is no clear timetable for Stecher's return, so be sure to monitor his situation to find out when he's able to recover from the mumps.
6:27 pm (EST)
Christopher Tanev Headshot

Tanev (illness) has been placed on injured reserve, per the NHL's official media site.

Tanev was unable to practice Friday after showing mumps symptoms. The disease has spread through the Canucks, which is liable to really leave them shorthanded. There isn't a clear recovery time for an illness such as this, so you'll have to keep an eye on the Canucks' situation to see when all these mumps-affected players can return.
6:24 pm (EST)
Jordan Weal Headshot

Weal (upper-body) will play Saturday against Pittsburgh, Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly reports.

Weal won't just be returning to action; he'll be skating on a line with Claude Giroux. While Giroux has had his struggles recently, that's still not a bad thing for Weal. However, Weal also has zero points in 17 career NHL games, so his return may not necessarily make a big fantasy impact.
5:55 pm (EST)
Dylan DeMelo Headshot

DeMelo (wrist) will miss Saturday's game against the Canucks, CSN Bay Area reports.

DeMelo was activated off injured reserve on Monday, but after missing 19 games apparently he's going to make that 20. His next chance to return will be next Tuesday.
5:51 pm (EST)
Adin Hill Headshot

Hill has been sent back down to AHL Tucson.

This isn't surprising, as Hill was only called up on an emergency basis, so it was expected he'd be sent back down in short order.
5:15 pm (EST)
James Neal Headshot

Neal is projected to play on the fourth line Saturday against the visiting Capitals.

This move doesn't make much sense considering the playmaking winger has six points in his last five games, but perhaps it's a strategic move by Predators coach Peter Laviolette to create mismatches. One thing is for sure, Filip Forsberg doesn't seem to need any help on that top unit as the owner of back-to-back hat tricks. We'd be totally shocked if Neil's fourth-line arrangement lasts beyond this single game.
5:06 pm (EST)
Remi Elie Headshot

Elie has been recalled from Dallas' AHL affiliate.

Elie has yet to play a game in the NHL, but the 21-year-old has 25 points in 49 games with the Texas Stars this season.
5:06 pm (EST)
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