Yandle is up to 19 assists this season, which has helped him maintain a half-point-per-game pace. The ironman has played in 594 consecutive games, second only to Ducks winger Andrew Cogliano and his remarkable run of 748 straight contests among active players. Yandle is a conservative fantasy owner's best friend.
Yandle registered an assist and five shots on net during Wednesday's shootout loss to Toronto.
It's hasn't been the smashing offensive success in Florida that many expected for Yandle, and he hasn't posted a point in consecutive games in any of his past 16 outings. Still, the veteran's 1.65 points per 60 minutes over the previous three seasons rank sixth among all defenseman with at least 5,000 minutes, so there is likely positive regression ahead for Yandle. It makes him a speculative buy-low candidate in seasonal leagues and a potential flier in daily contests.
Yandle (undisclosed) will be in the lineup for Thursday's game against Pittsburgh, Craig Davis of the Sun Sentinel reports.
Yandle has been bothered by a lingering injury, but will likely continue to gut it out unless he suffers some sort of setback. The 30-year-old defender will slot into his usual role skating on the Panthers' top pairing and power-play unit against the Penguins.
A lower-body ailment had threatened Yandle's iron-man streak of 578 consecutive games Tuesday, but he was able to play in that evening's contest against the Flyers, hoisting four shots on goal and getting in front of two more in 23:57 of ice time. This is a situation worth monitoring as we approach a 10-game slate, as Yandle's streak is in jeopardy again.
It was almost as though Yandle saw all of the media hype surrounding his iron-man streak coming to an end and decided to tough it out and keep it going. The 30-year-old defenseman will indeed suit up for his 578th consecutive game Tuesday.