Last Updated: Mar 19 2019 12:04 pm
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R. Lehner - G
Lehner (upper body) will start in the home net Tuesday against the Bruins, Brian Compton of NHL.com reports.
This marks Lehner's first start since he sustained the injury in a March 5 contest against the Senators -- when he was run into by Brady Tkachuk. The Swede has been brilliant as a first-year Islander, crafting a 20-11-5 record (five shutouts), 2.19 GAA and .927 save percentage through 36 starts and 38 total games.
Added 12:00 pm (EST)
D. Dubnyk - G
Dubnyk will patrol the crease against the visiting Avalanche on Tuesday, Jessi Pierce of The Athletic reports.
Dubnyk received a rare day off Sunday against the Islanders, with the Wild managing to pick up a point behind Alex Stalock's 17-save effort in a 3-2 overtime loss. The five-game homestand will wrap up Tuesday, as Dubnyk prepares to face an Avalanche team that ranks fifth in road scoring at 3.31 goals per game.
Added 11:43 am (EST)
J. Eriksson Ek - F
Eriksson Ek (lower body) won't be available Tuesday against the Avalanche, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports.
Wild coach Bruce Boudreau told reporters that he'd hoped Eriksson Ek wouldn't miss more than a week, but it will be going on nine days since the Swede's last official update when the team travels to D.C. for Friday's game against the Capitals. The silver lining is that the third-year pivot doesn't have a big enough role when healthy for this development to affect too many fantasy owners. Eriksson Ek has compiled 13 points (six goals, seven assists) over 53 top-level games this season.
Added 11:35 am (EST)
D. Pastrnak - F
Pastrnak (thumb) will be a game-time call for Tuesday's road contest against the Islanders.
Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy told reporters it "looks like" Pastrnak will return, but we strongly advise that owners depending on Pasta wait to see whether he takes warmups as the strongest hint that he'll suit up. Another item to look out for is the talented scoring winger's IR status -- he remains on that list, but the Bruins probably wouldn't activate him before he's ready to go.
Added 11:23 am (EST)
C. Cizikas - F
Cizikas (lower body) indicated Tuesday that he's healthy and it's just a coach's decision whether or not to insert him into the lineup against the Bruins, Laura Albanese of Newsday reports. He's officially labeled a game-time decision for the contest.
Cizikas has notched a career-high 19 goals over 63 games this season thanks to a ridiculous 19.6 shooting percentage that ranks third in the league for players with more than 31 games played. The outrageous percentage also suggests he's due to slow down moving forward. A decision on the lineup for Tuesday's contest won't come until later in the day, so consider the pivot a question mark until it's made.
Added 11:21 am (EST)
C. Gaunce - D
The Canucks reassigned Gaunce to AHL Syracuse on Tuesday, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports.
Gaunce didn't draw into the lineup in his brief stay with the Bolts and has played in no more than 12 games in an NHL season, so there's little to like in terms of fantasy surrounding the 29-year-old defenseman. His demotion could signal that either Anton Stralman (lower body) or Dan Girardi (lower body) is ready to return.
Added 11:10 am (EST)
M. Blackwood - G
Blackwood will start in goal against the visiting Capitals on Tuesday, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Staying true to Devils coach John Hynes' original plan, Blackwood has started every other game since a Feb. 25 trade that saw Keith Kinkaid move on to Columbus. Now splitting starts exclusively with Cory Schneider, Blackwood bounced back nicely from a shellacking at the hands of the Flames -- nine goals allowed on 39 shots a week ago -- to snag a 25-save win over Vancouver on Friday. The rookie will now field shots from a Capitals team that boasts a 15-6-2 record within the shared Metropolitan Division.
Added 11:03 am (EST)
P. Zacha - F
Zacha (upper body) won't be available for Tuesday's game against the Capitals, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Zacha's latest lingering injury coupled with a substandard 0.35 points-per-game mark over four years of NHL service time has rendered him a bust in countless fantasy formats. Of course, even when healthy this season, the center's only taken 41.4 percent of his 5-on-5 shifts in the attacking zone, so there's not much hope that he can return and make an impact in 2018-19.
Added 10:50 am (EST)