All season long, NHL.com's fantasy hockey staff will have you covered with daily lineup news, production trends and injury notes from around the League. We will identify how these developments affect fantasy owners in year-long (Yahoo) and daily (DraftKings) formats.
Forsberg of Predators sidelined 4-6 weeks
Nashville Predators left wing Filip Forsberg is expected to miss 4-6 weeks because of an upper-body injury. He sustained the injury against the Minnesota Wild on Friday and has missed the past two games.
Forsberg is ranked third among LW-only players in Yahoo (25th overall) behind Alex Ovechkin (4th) and Johnny Gaudreau (15th) and eighth among all LW-eligible players based on standard-category performance. He leads Nashville with 15 goals, 34 points and 17 power-play points in 37 games.
Forward Calle Jarnkrok (C/LW, 9 percent owned) has been playing on Nashville's top line with center Ryan Johansen and wing Viktor Arvidsson in the two games Forsberg has missed. Since Nov. 30, Jarnkrok is tied with Kevin Fiala for the Predators lead with 12 points (seven goals, five assists) and has two power-play points, a plus-7 and 26 shots on goal in the 15-game span. Jarnkrok had two assists, one on the power play, against the Wild on Saturday, the second game of a home-and-home set.
That said, Fiala (LW/RW, 31 percent) is a better fantasy option considering his shot volume (49) is nearly double that of Jarnkrok in that span. Fiala plays on the second line and first power-play unit with center Kyle Turris.
Veteran Scott Hartnell (LW, 6 percent) is another potential fantasy replacement if you need category coverage. Nashville was shut out at the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday, but Hartnell scored a goal in their previous game against the Wild on Saturday. The 35-year-old was a healthy scratch when Forsberg sustained his injury against Minnesota on Friday. Four of Hartnell's eight points have come on the power play, and he is averaging more than one hit per game (28 in 25 games) with 47 penalty minutes.
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Mantha to return for Red Wings on Wednesday
Detroit Red Wings forward Anthony Mantha will return to their lineup against the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET; TVAS, SN, FS-D+, NHL.TV). He missed the past two games because of a groin injury.
Mantha (LW/RW, 43 percent owned in Yahoo) started the season with 19 points (10 goals, nine assists) in his first 19 games but had been stuck in a scoring drought with five points (three goals, two assists) over his next 17 games. He had a high shot volume (39 shots on goal) in the second stretch, signaling an eventual bounce-back. The second-year forward's Yahoo ownership has dipped significantly in recent weeks, making him a buy-low fantasy pickup.
From a DFS standpoint, Mantha is worth rostering in his return at $5,300 in DraftKings against the Senators, who are allowing the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing right wings. He is expected to skate alongside Dylan Larkin and Tomas Tatar on Detroit's second line and has one power-play goal on four SOG in two games against Ottawa this season.
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