Daniel Winnik

#26 LW / Toronto Maple Leafs / EXP: 8YRS Height: 6-2 Weight: 213 lb Age: 30 College: New Hampshire

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      Maple Leafs' Daniel Winnik: Returns to the lineup Thursday

      Winnik (lower body) returned to the ice in Thursday's 2-1 shootout win over the Predators. Winnik only missed one game with the lower body injury before returning for 12:39 TOI Thursday. His workload was a bit lighter than it was before the injury, but he should be back to normal before too long. Brad Boyes was a healthy scratch to make room for Winnik to suit up.

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      Maple Leafs' Daniel Winnik: Will play Thursday

      Winnik (lower body) will return to action Thursday against the Predators, Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun reports. Winnik exited Saturday's game against the Capitals after suffering a lower-body injury in the first period, and was ultimately unable to return to the contest. He wasn't able to suit up for Tuesday's game against the Stars, either, but has recovered enough from the ding to slot back into Toronto's lineup Thursday against Nashville. Winnik is expected to return to his role skating alongside Nick Spaling and Joffrey Lupul on the Leafs' third line in Thursday's tilt.

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      Maple Leafs' Daniel Winnik: Out Tuesday

      Winnik (lower body) won't play Tuesday against the Stars, TSN's Mark Masters reports. Winnik suffered a lower-body injury in the first period of Saturday's game against the Capitals, and was ultimately unable to return to the contest as a result. The ding is not believed to be overly serious, but it will cost the 30-year-old winger at least one more game, as he will not suit up for Tuesday's tilt against Dallas. His next chance to return to game action will come Thursday against Nashville. Peter Holland is expected to draw into Toronto's lineup for Tuesday's game in Winnik's absence.

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      Maple Leafs' Daniel Winnik: Doubtful for Tuesdays

      Winnik is expected to travel with the team for Toronto's upcoming two-game road trip, but is doubtful to play Tuesday against Dallas, Jonas Siegel of TSN Radio 1050 reports. Winnik has been one of the lone bright spots for the Leafs during this campaign, scoring six points in 14 games as a bottom-six forward. The Leafs should be thrilled if Winnik misses only one game, which looks to be the case if Winnik does indeed travel with the team on their two-game road trip.

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      Maple Leafs' Daniel Winnik: Suffers apparent knee injury Saturday

      Winnik sustained an apparent injury to his left knee early in the first period of Saturday's road game against the Capitals, David Alter of the National Post reports. Winnik made quick work of scoring the first goal of the game but then his night took an ugly turn when he got tripped up with winger Justin Williams and had his left knee bend awkwardly. It is unclear at this point if he will be able to return to the game.

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      Maple Leafs' Daniel Winnik: Bags three helpers Friday

      Winnik picked up three helpers in Friday's 6-3 win over the Blue Jackets. Winnik set up Jake Gardiner for the Leafs' first of six goals in the second period before factoring into tallies by Joffrey Lupul and Leo Komarov in the third. The mini outburst actually gives the 30-year-old journeyman four points in four games this season, which is the kind of terrific start he needs if he hopes to challenge his career high of 34 set last year.

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      Maple Leafs' Daniel Winnik: Chemistry with newcomer Nick Spaling on third line

      Winnik, who brings a defense-first mentality to the game, has clicked with newcomer Nick Spaling on the Leafs' third line. "Our goal is the same, to shut the other team down," said Winnik. "But at the same time we understand when you're in the offensive zone and try to score goals, that's what makes it hard for them to score against you." The two play a strong, down-low game in the offensive zone and are tough in the cycle. And they roll over the boards on the penalty kill, too, in addition to regular third-line duty. Winnik has scored 20 goals in an NHL season, though, so he could have some fantasy value in super-deep leagues where he could be rolled as a forward, not a center.

    • Leafs Bring Back Winnik On Two-Year Deal

      News: Daniel Winnik signed a two-year, $4.5 million contract with the Maple Leafs on Wednesday, Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada reports.
      Analysis: Daniel Winnik inked a one-year deal with the Maple Leafs when he was a free agent last July, but after the team fell out of contention by midseason, he was shipped to Pittsburgh. The forward didn't make a huge splash during his time in the Steel City, but between both stops last season, he finished with a respectable 34 points across 79 games. The 30-year-old figures to assume a second- or third-line spot for the Maple Leafs until young wing prospects Kasperi Kapanen and Mitch Marner are ready to join the parent club.
    • Pens' Winnik Expected To Skate With Crosby

      News: Daniel Winnik is expected to skate with Sidney Crosby and David Perron against Carolina on Thursday, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
      Analysis: Daniel Winnik, who skated on Crosby's line Tuesday, has scored a goal and an assist in his last two games. He understands his role while playing with Crosby. "He's told me some things that I never really thought about before, so he's helped me in that aspect," Winnik noted. "I just have to play my game. Quick on pucks and be strong on it down low, create space for them when I can. It's about winning one-on-one battles, especially board battles." Winnik will likely return to the third line when Patric Hornqvist (undisclosed) comes back this weekend, but he makes for a good play in daily leagues Thursday.
    • Pens' Winnik Helps Out In Win

      News: Daniel Winnik picked up a shorthanded assist, an even-strength assist and a plus-2 rating Thursday in a win over Edmonton.
      Analysis: It's his first multi-point game as a Penguin, and he now has three helpers in six games in his new digs. Never much of a scorer, Daniel Winnik remains a low-end fantasy option best used in deep formats.
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