Vatanen (undisclosed) is doubtful for the two games that remain in the regular season, starting with Thursday's road clash with the Hurricanes, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Assuming Vatanen isn't medically cleared by Saturday's regular-season finale against the Panthers, his final stat line for the 2018-19 campaign will stick at four goals, 13 assists and a minus-17 rating. The mobile rearguard tacked on five power-play points, but between his injuries and inconsistent play in the attacking zone, it wouldn't be a surprise to see him on clearance in fantasy drafts during the fall.
Vatanen (undisclosed) joined his teammates on the ice Monday, but won't be in the lineup against the Rangers, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
The fact that Vatanen was able to get on the ice leaves open the possibility that he will be able to return in the final two games of the season, though no official determination has come from the team. The blueliner has played in just four of the club's last 30 contests due to various hurts. The 27-year-old will head into next season on the last year of his current contract and will no doubt be eager to put his injury woes behind him.
Vatanen (undisclosed) has been ruled out for the Devils' next two games versus Detroit and St. Louis on Friday and Saturday, respectively, Chris Ryan of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.
Vatanen has appeared in just four of the team's last 28 contests due to various injuries. At this point, New Jersey may be better suited by shutting the defender down for the final three games of the season, rather than forcing him back into the lineup in meaningless contests. If he does miss the rest of the 2018-19 campaign, the Finn will miss the 20-point mark for the first time as a full-time NHL player.
Vatanen (undisclosed) is out for Monday's game against Buffalo, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Vatanen missed nine games before returning last Saturday, logging 19:40 of ice time in a 2-1 win over Arizona. However, the defenseman clearly is hampered by something and therefore will miss Monday's home affair with the Sabres.
Vatanen logged one shot on goal and two hits over 19:50 of ice time and 2:50 of power-play time in Saturday's 2-1 win over Arizona.
Saturday's action was Vatanen's first since March 2 against Boston, as the Finn missed nine games with illness. The fact that Vatanen was able to get close to his season average in minutes -- 21:44 of ice time and 2:15 of power-play ice time -- is encouraging for his health as the season winds down.
Vatanen (illness) will rejoin the lineup for Saturday's game against the Coyotes, Mike Morreale of NHL.com reports.
With Vatanen and Mirco Mueller (shoulder) both among the mass returners for the Devils, Egor Yakovlev and Joshua Jacobs will both take a seat Saturday. It's been a down year offensively for Vatanen in 2018-19, owning just 17 points through 49 games after posting 28 over 57 last season, and his rating has gone with the offense (minus-17). He still contributes enough to warrant fantasy ownership in some formats and the blueliner's offensive history should buy him some credit.
Vatanen (illness) isn't in Thursday's lineup against the Bruins, per Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site.
Vatanen must be dealing with a rather significant malady for it to have cost him nine games and counting. With the defenseman compiling 171 points (40 goals, 131 assists) through 386 career contests between the Ducks and Devils, it's easy to see why select owners would be reluctant to drop him, but the lingering malady is doing nothing but hogging a valuable roster spot around fantasy playoff time.
Vatanen (illness) will not return to the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Capitals, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Vatanen has been sidelined by a bug since March 2 and there's no clear timeframe yet for when he may return to the lineup. His absence from morning skate Tuesday suggests he may not be that close, though it may only require him participating once to return, given the nature of his absence.
Vatanen (illness) didn't join the Devils as they embarked on a four-game road trip beginning Tuesday in Calgary, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Vatanen's absence from the initial departure from New Jersey likely positions him to miss all four contests on the trip, barring the blueliner joining the team at another destination. Assuming that's the case, his next opportunity to dress would come next Tuesday, when the team returns home to face the Capitals. The Devils have seven healthy defensemen on the roster after calling up Colton White from AHL Binghamton on Monday, so the group should be set for the trip.
Vatanen (illness) will miss Saturday's game versus the Rangers, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Vatanen will miss a third game due to illness. The Devils' blueliner has 17 points this season but last found the scoresheet Jan. 14. Steve Santini will dress in his place.
Vatanen (illness) has been ruled out for Friday's matchup with the Capitals, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
This will be the second consecutive absence for Vatanen. Before falling ill, the Finn only got to play in three games after returning from a concussion that cost him 14 straight. There's still a chance that Vatanen recovers overnight and returns for Saturday's game against New York, but more information should surface before then.
Vatanen won't suit up Tuesday against the Blue Jackets due to an illness, Abby Mastracco of The Record reports.
Vatanen was initially expected to be a game-time call for the tilt after skipping practice Monday, but he's apparently not made enough progress overnight to warrant a look in warmups. With two off days on the schedule before the Devils return to action Friday against the Capitals, there's a decent chance he will return to the defensive pairings then.
Vatanen was given a maintenance day Monday and is considered a game-time decision against Columbus on Tuesday, Mike Morreale of NHL.com reports.
Usually a maintenance day means a player won't miss any time; however, that doesn't appear to be the case with Vatanen, who should be considered questionable at best. If blueliner is unable to suit up, the Devils will need to call-up a player from the minors to either slot in on the blue line or fill it at forward so Egor Yakovlev can drop back.
Vatanen recorded 22:12 of ice time against the Flames on Wednesday, his first game back from a concussion.
Vatanen failed to write his name on the scoresheet or even register a shot on goal, despite playing 2:23 with the man advantage. The blueliner did talliy one hit and three blocks, but was otherwise a non-factor statistically speaking. The Finn figures to continue eating up big minutes for the Devils the rest of the way.
Vatanen (concussion) will rejoin the lineup versus Calgary on Wednesday, Chris Ryan of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.
Vatanen missed the Devils' previous 14 games after sustaining a concussion, but will be back in action against the Flames. The Finnish blueliner can still reach the 20-point mark for a sixth consecutive season and might have just enough games left to push for 30. With a bevy of injuries on the front end, Vatanen's return will bump Steve Santini to the press box while Egor Yakovlev slots in as a forward.
Vatanen (concussion) will remain out of action Thursday, when the Devils take on the Senators, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Vatanen remains on injured reserve, and there haven't been any clear signs that he's on the verge of returning. New Jersey has only won four of the past 11 games with the power-play defenseman unavailable to assume his 21-plus-minute workload.
Vatanen (concussion) remains on injured reserve ahead of Friday's matchup with Minnesota, per the NHL's official media site.
The Devils have yet to release any details regarding a potential timetable for Vatanen's recovery, and he still hasn't returned to practice, so he should be considered out indefinitely until he's able to resume on-ice activities. The 27-year-old Finn is an important piece on the back end for the Devils, but he's only produced 17 points in 46 appearances this season, so most fantasy owners shouldn't need to concern themselves with his availability.
Vatanen (concussion) is on injured reserve, per the NHL's official media site.
The Devils' defenseman was diagnosed with a concussion Wednesday. As a result of his placement on injured reserve, Vatanen won't be able to play Thursday or Saturday, but could return as soon as Tuesday versus the Kings. He's only managed 17 points in 46 games this season.
Vatanen has been diagnosed with a concussion and will be sidelined indefinitely, Mike Morreale of NHL.com reports.
Vatanen was initially expected to be fine after taking an elbow to the eye that required a few stitches. Unfortunately, further testing has revealed something different, leaving the Devils without his services along the blue line moving forward. Vatanen shifting to injured reserve wouldn't come as a shock if the coaching staff believes he will require at least a week to recover. The Devils leave home just once in the next five games, so the team could temporarily get by with the six healthy blueliners on hand if Vatanen displays signs of improvement.
Vatanen (face), who missed practice Tuesday, is undergoing tests "to make sure everything is okay," Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
A previous report suggested that Vatanen will play Thursday against the Rangers, but we probably won't know for sure until the test results come in. The eighth-year defenseman required stitches above his eye after taking an elbow from Derick Brassard in Monday's game against the Penguins. We'll follow up when more is known about Vatanen's condition.
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