Gunnarsson slotted into Blues' lineup Saturday against the Sabres for the first time since Jan. 23 and promptly scored the game-winning goal in a 1-0 win. Gunnar has been on the sidelines a lot lately, so he was highly motivated in Saturday's game. A single point for this bottom-pairing defender may not be enough to keep him in the lineup long term, but it should earn him another start. Still, that's not enough to make Gunnarsson a fantasy asset.
Gunnarsson was a healthy scratch for Thursday's 3-1 loss to the Bruins. This was Gunnarsson's fifth time being a healthy scratch in the last six games, mostly the result of overcrowding at left defense and the consistent reliability and power-play presence of rookie Vince Dunn. Head coach Mike Yeo has reiterated that Gunnarsson will get his chance soon, but it's tough to see the Blues scratching an offensive blueliner like Dunn or Joel Edmundson down the stretch.
Gunnarsson (upper body) will be in the lineup Saturday against the Canucks, NHL.com reports. The rearguard will slot back into the Blues' lineup after a brief one-game absence due to injury. The fantasy implications of Gunnarsson suiting back up are about as insignificant as they come, as he's only managed five points through 16:49 of average ice time in 31 contests this season. Nonetheless, he'll be back on the team's second D-pairing opposite Colton Parayko out in British Columbia on Saturday.
Gunnarson (upper body) won't play Thursday against the Oilers, Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. The 31-year-old blueliner has only notched three goals and five points in 31 games this campaign, so his absence shouldn't impact many fantasy lineups. With Gunnarsson unavailable, Jordan Schmaltz will draw into the lineup against Edmonton.
Gunnarsson (leg) said that he'll suit up against the Jets on Saturday evening, Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. The stay-at-home defenseman has been solid this season, fashioning a plus-11 rating with five points and 45 blocked shots over 28 games. Gunnarsson will continue to be relied upon more heavily than normal since Alex Pietrangelo (foot) remains on injured reserve.
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