DFS NHL OPTIMAL LINEUPS: DECEMBER 13 Cover Image
DFS NHL OPTIMAL LINEUPS: DECEMBER 13
Brett Talley
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David Booth Headshot

Booth (undisclosed) is listed as healthy scratch for Wednesday's home game against the Bruins, NHL.com reports.

This move doesn't make a ton of sense given that the Red Wings have reassigned Tyler Bertuzzi to AHL Grand Rapids, but there's a chance that forward/defenseman Luke Witkowski lines up on the left wing versus the B's in this next game. Booth sank three goals in four games prior to his injury, though his playing time has been scarce and he remains waiver fodder in most leagues.
3:54 pm (EST)
Rashaan Melvin Headshot

Melvin (hand) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Broncos.

Melvin demonstrated some progress in his recovery from the hand injury by practicing in a limited fashion Tuesday and Wednesday, but the lack of a full session likely prevented him from gaining clearance to play on a short week. With Pierre Desir (shoulder) on injured reserve and Nate Hairston (concussion) set to join Melvin on the inactive list Thursday, the Colts could be quite vulnerable in the secondary.
3:51 pm (EST)
Joseph Blandisi Headshot

Blandisi (upper body) was activated off injured reserve Wednesday, per the NHL media site.

Blandisi should return to the lineup against the Blues on Thursday, following his four-game absence due to his upper-body malady. In his first two appearances with his new club, the natural center logged 10:07 of ice time per game along with registering four shots on goal, two PIM and a plus-2 rating. As long as the Ducks are beset by injuries, the 23-year-old should remain up in the NHL with Anaheim.
3:49 pm (EST)
Ryan Kelly Headshot

Kelly (concussion) didn't practice Wednesday and has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Broncos.

Kelly was listed as a full participant in Tuesday's practice, but his failure to take the field in any capacity Wednesday suggests that he may have hit a setback in his recovery from the concussion. With Kelly still in the NFL's protocol and now set to miss his third straight game, Mike Person is expected to pick up another start at center.
3:47 pm (EST)
Donte Moncrief Headshot

Moncrief (ankle) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Broncos.

As head coach Chuck Pagano hinted earlier this week, Moncrief will miss his second straight contest with the ankle injury, with the Colts' quick turnaround between games not offering the wideout enough time to heal up. Pagano expressed optimism that Moncrief might be able to play Week 16 against the Ravens, but with only two outings of more than 60 receiving yards on his 2017 ledger, the fourth-year player doesn't make for an especially enticing option during the fantasy playoffs.
3:45 pm (EST)
Mikkel Boedker Headshot

Boedker (undisclosed) remains day-to-day ahead of Thursday's contest against the Flames, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic Bay Area reports.

This news isn't enough to rule Boedker out for the next game, but it sure doesn't look promising. The Dane will cost the Sharks a cool $4 million per season through 2019-20, but with seven points in 24 games, he's looked like a shell of the player who went eighth overall (by the Coyotes) in the 2008 draft.
3:44 pm (EST)
Frank Gore Headshot

Gore (hand) doesn't carry an injury designation heading into Thursday's game against the Broncos.

Gore was held out of Tuesday's practice with the hand issue, but it was always believed his day off was for maintenance purposes more than anything else after he logged a season-high 36 carries for 130 yards in a cold, snowy loss to the Bills on Sunday. The running back's return to full practice Wednesday clears up any concern about his status on the short week, though it wouldn't be surprising if head coach Chuck Pagano sprinkled youngster Marlon Mack into the backfield mix more liberally Thursday to avoid overworking Gore.
3:42 pm (EST)
Scott Hartnell Headshot

Hartnell (lower body) will be a game-time decision versus Vancouver on Wednesday, Brooks Bratten of the Predators' official site reports.

Hartnell took part in line rushes at the game-day skate, slotting into the fourth line, which seems a decent indication he will be ready to go against the Canucks. If the winger is indeed given the all-clear, it will make the end of a 13-game stint on the sideline. When he is in the lineup, the veteran has notched seven points, 20 PIM and a minus-8 rating. If returning to action, Hartnell will need to be activated off injured reserve prior to puck drop.
3:40 pm (EST)
Joonas Donskoi Headshot

Donskoi (undisclosed) is probable for Thursday night's road game in Calgary, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic Bay Area reports.

While he's obviously trending in the right direction, the fact remains that Donskoi is on injured reserve and obviously would need to be activated before returning. A smooth operator in the attacking zone, the Finn has tacked on 12 points (seven goals, five assists) through 23 games, and he's averaging 1:48 of ice time on the power play. Keep a sharp eye out for Donskoi in case he does get lifted from injured reserve ahead of this next game; he could be met with low ownership percentages in fantasy having missed the last six contests.
3:36 pm (EST)
Russell Shepard Headshot

Shepard (shoulder) practiced in a limited fashion Wednesday, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports.

Shepard has been a beacon of health for the Panthers this season, but the departure of Kelvin Benjamin hasn't yielded much in terms of production. In five games with the altered reality, Shepard has been blanked three times while combining for six receptions (on 12 targets) for 69 yards in the other two contests. If he sheds the designation by the end of the week, he'll attempt to exploit the Packers' 24th-ranked pass defense Sunday.
3:32 pm (EST)
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