Nosek (upper body) will return to the lineup against the Blackhawks on Tuesday. Nosek suits back up following a 12-game stint on injured reserve. He was bogged down in a 21-game goal drought prior to getting hurt, during which he managed a mere two helpers, 31 shots and 10 hits. Even when you account for his ancillary stats, the Czech doesn't offer much in terms of fantasy value. Brendan Leipsic will be bumped from the lineup to make space for the 25-year-old.
Nosek (upper body) was activated from injured reserve Monday, David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review Journal reports. Monday also marked the first time on the ice for Nosek since he suffered the injury against the Predators on Jan. 16. Though he was practicing without contact, the former Red Wing spent the session skating on the team's third line, which is likely where he'll play when he makes his return. Vegas next plays Tuesday against Chicago, and though the team will probably want him to take contact before throwing him into game action, his addition to the active roster is a positive sign.
Nosek's injury concerns his upper body, and he's been designated for injured reserve, Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. Pried away from the Red Wings during the expansion draft, Nosek has produced three goals and five assists through 41 games. Those numbers might not seem impressive in the stats-driven world of fantasy hockey, but consider that he's a rookie only averaging 10:48 of ice time for the first-year club. Unfortunately, Nosek moving to injured reserve will render him ineligible to play for at least the next three games.
Nosek (undisclosed) will return to Vegas on Wednesday to be evaluated by team doctors, Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. The news all but rules Nosek out for the remainder of the team's road trip. Depending on the severity of his injury, the Golden Knights' next home game is Jan. 23 versus Columbus. Brendan Leipsic figures to have the inside track for a spot in the lineup, although the club could opt to promote a player from AHL Chicago, with Teemu Pulkkinen and Tomas Hyka likely topping the potential recall list.
Nosek notched three shots on goal and had two hits in 11:05 of ice time during a 5-2 victory over Florida on Sunday. Despite not recording a point in his last 10 games, Nosek has found consistent ice time in Vegas' bottom six, playing in 30 of its 32 games while averaging 10:39 of ice time. This is a clear step up for the 25-year-old, who only played in 17 total games for Detroit over the last two seasons, and he seems to have found a niche in the desert. His six points (three goals, three assists) are already a career high, but he'll need a couple hot streaks if he wants to really push the 20-point plateau.
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