Vrbata (face) is expected to play in Friday's game against the Sharks, Steve Goldstein of Fox Sports Florida reports.
Considering that Vrbata was activated from injured reserve Thursday, and he hasn't had any apparent setbacks, we're confident that you can safely deploy the shootout specialist in all fantasy leagues at this time.
Vrbata (face) was removed from injured reserve Thursday and could play against the Sharks on Friday, Matthew DeFranks of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
The Czech winger took a puck to the face on Nov. 18 and has missed the five games since. While Vrbata's status for Friday is still a question mark, he was given medical clearance Wednesday so a return to the lineup will likely come Saturday at the latest. A 20-goal scorer just a season ago, Vrbata has just three goals in 19 games thus far in 2017-18.
Vrbata (face) is still on injured reserve, per the NHL's official media site.
Vrbata will miss a fifth consecutive game Tuesday, and the Panthers have yet to release any information regarding a potential timetable for his return to action. The veteran winger has been a solid producer for Florida this season, notching three goals and 11 points in 19 contests, so he's definitely worth holding onto in deeper fantasy formats. The Panthers should update Vrbata's status once he's able to return to practice with his teammates.
Vrbata (undisclosed) has been placed on injured reserve, Matthew DeFranks of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
The Panthers needed to clear roster space for Derek MacKenzie, who's ready to return from an undisclosed issue of his own, so the shootout specialist heads to IR with his next shot at returning now coming Monday against the Devils. If you're relying on Vrbata, however, it'll be worth checking back to see if he actually travels to New Jersey for that game or Tuesday's road clash with the Rangers.
The Panthers have yet to shed any light on the specific nature of Vrbata's injury, but he'll miss a second straight game Wednesday with his mystery ailment. Connor Brickley will continue to skate in a top-six role while Vrbata remains sidelined.