Jarnkrok (lower body) took line rushes and will draw into Thursday night's playoff opener in Chicago. Jarnkrok is poised to return to action after missing the Predators' regular-season finale in Winnipeg. The 25-year-old is projected to center Nashville's third line with Kevin Fiala and James Neal on his wings. He'll look to build on his modest (but promising) 31 points in the regular season.
Jarnkrok (lower body) did not play in Saturday's game against the Jets. The Predators are in the postseason and playing it safe, resting plenty of key members of their team to get ready for the playoffs. Jarnkrok joined Vern Fiddler (upper body), Mike Fisher (lower body), Roman Josi (lower body) and Colin Wilson (lower body) in street clothes.
Jarnkrok recorded a first-period assist during Monday's win over the Islanders. The 25-year-old forward matched his career-high 30 points from last season with Monday's helper, and he's turned in a solid run over the past two months with nine goals and 19 points through 28 games. His uptick in offense aligns with Mike Ribeiro's demotion in late January, and Jarnkrok has proven to be a solid real-world contributor who's capable of playing throughout the lineup. While Jarnkrok is currently best left to deeper seasonal leagues, his keeper/dynasty stock is on the rise, and a true breakout campaign could be in store next year.
Jarnkrok tallied two assists in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Ducks on Tuesday. With the pair of helpers, the fourth-year NHLer is up to 26 points in 66 games this year, which leaves him four shy of last season's career-high mark of 30. Just four of those (two goals, two assists) have come with the man advantage, so Jarnkrok will likely be able to increase his offensive production if he starts to see more than the meager 38 seconds of power-play time he's averaged in 2016-17.
Jarnkrok scored a goal on four shots in Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Blackhawks. He also skated more than 20 minutes (20:32) for the second consecutive game. Jarnkrok's ice time has actually taken quite a jump lately, as he's been averaging roughly 19 minutes per game over his past seven contests -- about four minutes higher than his season average. This effectively puts him ahead of Mike Fisher, who has averaged roughly 16 minutes over the same span, on the Preds' depth chart. With just 24 points in 65 games, Jarnkrok still does not make for a very attractive fantasy option in most formats, but given his recently elevated status in the Preds' lineup, he is one player worth keeping an eye on.
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