NHL Player News
Luongo will guard the goal for Tuesday night's road game against the Flames.
Luongo is back in action after getting a day of rest Saturday and will look to rebound after allowing four goals to the Islanders in a loss last time out. In his last two road games, the 37-year-old goalkeeper allowed just one goal on 58 shots on his way to two wins, so he'll look to regain some of that form in Calgary. He'll have a good chance too, as the Flames are averaging 2.00 goals per game in January.
Ferland (lower body) did not take pregame warmups and, thus, will not suit up for Tuesday night's game against the Panthers.
Again, don't take a player's self-assessment as gospel -- they often don't end up playing, as was the case here. Ferland will miss his third game in a row and Freddie Hamilton figures to draw into the lineup in his place. Ferland will try to give it another go against the Predators on Thursday .
Hedman (illness) will remain sidelined for Tuesday's road contest with the Ducks, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Hedman will miss a second consecutive game as he continues to be bothered by a stomach bug contracted Monday. The 26-year-old was in the midst of a point-scoring binge prior to going down, tallying 19 points (2G, 17A) in his last 15 appearances. His next opportunity to rejoin the lineup will be Thursday when the Lightning take on the Sharks on the road.
Ericsson has eight points in 41 games this year, and is on pace for a new career high in PIM and hits.
The big stay-at-home rearguard has amassed 57 PIM and 74 hits thus far, putting him on pace for 100-plus PIM and nearly 150 hits -- both of which would surpass his previous career bests of 87 and 128. Of course, his lack of offensive production keeps him off the fantasy radar in most settings, but his peripheral stats could be of use in the very deepest leagues.
Rielly was forced from Tuesday's game in the first period with a lower-body injury, according to the game reports on Sportsnet Ontario.
Rielly was attempting to rush the puck up the right side and was shielding the puck from a defender that was draped on him. He lost an edge and his right leg collapsed awkwardly under him and he slammed into the boards. Rielly returned to the ice to test his leg or groin, but promptly left and hobbled to the dressing room. He may not return.
Rodin (knee) is listed on injured reserve, per the NHL's official media site.
As expected, Rodin has landed on injured reserve after playing just three games for Vancouver and reinjuring his knee in the process. The team has not released a timetable for the 26-year-old's return to action, but there's reason to believe he could be out for a while, especially since the Canucks will likely want to make sure his knee is completely healed this time around.
DeKeyser tallied a helper in Monday's 1-0 win over the Canadiens.
The apple snapped a 16-game point streak for the top-pairing defender, who has regressed this season with just seven points and a minus-13 rating through 44 contests. DeKeyser managed 20, 31 and 23 points, respectively, over the last three seasons, but unless he cranks his scoring pace up in the second half, his run of reaching even the modest 20-point plateau will come to an end.
Sproul has been a healthy scratch for 13 of the Wings' last 20 games.
As such, the 23-year-old hasn't had a ton of opportunity to produce, leaving him stuck with a goal and five assists across 21 games. Sproul has averaged 15:38 of ice time when in the lineup, but considering how infrequently he dresses for game action, there's little to no fantasy value here at this stage of his career.
Ott has hit the scoresheet just once in the last 18 games, giving him four points in 37 contests this season.
The veteran agitator does have 28 PIM and 41 hits during that span, but he hasn't been helpful otherwise while averaging 10:45 of ice time per game. Ott used to be good for between 35 and 40 points along with triple-digit PIM in the prime of his career with Dallas, but he doesn't make much of a fantasy impact these days while occupying a depth role in Motown.
Ekblad only has two points in his last 14 games and 12 in 45 contests this season.
The third-year blueliner is only 20, but he's taken a significant step back after posting 39 points in his rookie season, then 36 in 2015-16. What's worse is that Ekblad currently owns an atrocious minus-16 rating, which is rather surprising considering he entered play in October with a career plus-30 mark. If you're looking for something positive to latch onto, he has amassed a hearty 150 shots thus far, putting him on an 82-game pace of 273 after topping out at 182 last year.