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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)
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)
Shane Doan Headshot

Doan (lower body) won't play Thursday against the Panthers, but he could return to action Saturday against Washington.

The Coyotes have no incentive to rush Doan back, so they'll let their captain return to full health before slotting him back into the lineup, which evidently could happen as soon as this weekend. The 40-year-old winger has only produced 25 points in 70 games this season, so his owners shouldn't have too much trouble finding a replacement for his production on the waiver wire.
2:04 pm (EST)
Jacob Markstrom Headshot

Markstrom (lower body) has been ruled out of Vancouver's next three games, but he's slated to rejoin the team soon.

Markstrom hasn't played since Feb. 16 against the Blues, so he'll likely need to log a number of full practices before returning to game action. The 27-year-old goaltender should resume practicing as soon as he joins the team, which should happen at some point over the next few days. He'll likely remain on injured reserve until he's given the green light to make his 27th appearance in goal for the Canucks this season.
1:46 pm (EST)
Mike Smith Headshot

Smith will guard the goal in Thursday's road game against the Panthers.

Smith hasn't been great of late, suffering three consecutive losses while posting an ugly 2.97 GAA over that span. To be fair, the 35-year-old netminder has also posted a solid .913 save percentage over his last three starts, so his struggles can largely be attributed to the lack of talent playing in front of him. He'll look to pick up his 19th win of the campaign in a favorable road matchup with a Panthers team that's 16-17-3 at home this season.
1:37 pm (EST)
Eric Fehr Headshot

Fehr exited Wednesday's contest early with an apparent hand injury, Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun reports.

Fehr spent the night in the hospital and could be done for the season. It would be a disappointing end to the year for the winger who managed to suit up for just one game since being sent to the Leafs at the trade deadline. The team will likely provide more details when they determine the severity of the injury. For now, Fehr will be replaced in the lineup by Josh Leivo.
1:10 pm (EST)
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