Gunnarsson (upper body) will play in Thursday's Game 5 against the Blackhawks, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports. Gunnarsson missed Game 4 due to an upper-body issue, but will rejoin the lineup as the Blues, who lead the series 3-1, seek to clinch a spot in the second round of the playoffs. The 29-year-old defenseman will likely be paired with fellow defenseman Robert Bortuzzo on the third line. He averages 17:23 of ice time and is willing to sacrifice his body (124 blocked shots)--providing a solid defensive force for the Blues, which could be a useful asset throughout the postseason.
Gunnarsson will not play in Game 4 against the Blackhawks on Tuesday because of an upper-body injury. Gunnarsson dealt with a upper-body injury late in the regular season, so it's likely a similar, if not the same injury as before. He'll get the night off Tuesday, which allows Robert Bortuzzo to take his place on the active roster. The Blues don't play again until Thursday, so consider Gunnarsson day-to-day heading into Game 5.
Gunnarsson returned to the lineup Sunday after missing three games with an upper-body injury. He had one blocked shot and finished plus-1 in 18:21 of ice time in a 5-1 win over the Avalanche. Outside of Friday night's 6-5 loss to Bruins, the St. Louis blue-liners handled Gunnarsson's loss with aplomb. The native of Sweden will use the final three games of the season to get himself in game shape for the postseason, but his ice time Sunday, nearly a minute more than his season average of 17:26, proves he doesn't have far to go.
Gunnarsson (upper body) will rejoin the lineup for Sunday's contest against the Avalanche, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports. Gunnarsson missed three contests because of the upper-body issue, but will reportedly replace Petteri Lindbohm in the lineup Sunday. He was paired with Colton Parayko prior to the injury, and that could be the case again for Sunday's contest. Regardless, he collects averages just 17:25 of ice time on average, with most of his fantasy value coming in leagues that include blocked shots (115) as a category.
Gunnarsson (upper body) may rejoin the lineup for Sunday's game against the Avalanche, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Out for the previous three games due to the issue, it appears the Blues may finally regain the services of the 29-year-old Swede for the remaining stretch. Gunnarsson doesn't contribute much offensively (nine points in 68 games), but he does log a fair amount of ice time and is willing to sacrifice his body (115 blocked shots). While that's a nice asset for the Blues, it doesn't provide much fantasy upside. Still, expect a confirmation of the blueliner's status Sunday.
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