Girardi finished the 2018-19 playoffs with no points, four PIM and a minus-2 rating in four games. Girardi's game has slowed. And with Victor Hedman and Anton Stralman out with injuries, he was forced into a bigger role than perhaps he could handle. Especially with the aggressive forecheck of the Blue Jackets. Girardi is a free agent this offseason and he will need to take a financial haircut to stay with the Bolts. Even if he does, Girardi isn't a fantasy option.
Girardi (lower body) will rejoin the lineup for the regular-season finale Saturday against the Bruins, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports. Girardi wasn't expected to return prior to the postseason, but it appears he's recovered a bit ahead of schedule and will get in a tune-up game beforehand. The veteran defenseman owns just 15 points through 61 contests, so there's little to point to in terms of fantasy upside despite him playing on the best offensive club in the league.
Girardi was on the ice for practice Thursday for the first time since suffering a lower-body injury March 7, Lightning radio analyst Caley Chelios reports. Girardi isn't expected to make his return until the playoffs fire up, but his presence on the ice is an encouraging sign that he should be ready early in the postseason. The veteran blueliner has collected just 15 points over 61 games this season, leaving him off the fantasy radar in many playoff pools.
Girardi (lower body) is doubtful for the remainder of the regular season but coach Jon Cooper is hopeful that the veteran blueliner will be available for the playoffs, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports. If Girardi's regular season is indeed over, he finishes with four goals and 11 assists in 61 games. This will be the veteran blueliner's fifth consecutive campaign with between 15 and 20 points.
Girardi (lower body) appears to have suffered a setback and is out indefinitely, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports. Girardi was labeled day-to-day throughout his five-game absence, but is now facing an extended absence due to his lower-body issue. With Anton Stralman (lower body) also unavailable, Jan Rutta and Braydon Coburn figure to continue filling out the third pairing. The Lightning are poised for a deep postseason run, which leaves open the possibility for Girardi to still get back into the lineup for the playoffs, but he is likely done for the remainder of the regular season.
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