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Date Player
1/28/2015 Dion Phaneuf, D
Phaneuf has a hand injury.

Analysis: Phaneuf is expected to be out at least one week.
1/27/2015 Michael Raffl, LW
Raffl has an illness.

Analysis: He's considered day-to-day.
1/27/2015 Zac Rinaldo, LW
Rinaldo was suspended for eight games by the NHL for charging and boarding Penguins defenseman Kris Letang.

Analysis: Rinaldo is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the league's labor agreement. He loses $73,170.72 in salary, which goes to the players' emergency assistance fund. The play occurred at 15:36 of the first period of Philadelphia's 3-2 overtime victory last Tuesday. Rinaldo was assessed a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct. He's not eligible to return until Feb. 17 against Columbus.
1/27/2015 Taylor Hall, LW
Hall is out with a leg injury.

Analysis: It's unclear how long Hall will be out, so continue to monitor the developments.
1/27/2015 Eric Boulton, LW
Boulton has a lower-body injury.

Analysis: Boulton is on injured reserve, but he has little fantasy value.
1/27/2015 Martin Brodeur, G
Brodeur, one of the greatest goaltenders in NHL history, is retiring. He plans a Thursday news conference to announce that he is retiring and will join the Blues in a management role in hockey operations.

Analysis: The 42-year-old Brodeur wrapped up a 22-year career with St. Louis after signing as a free agent on Dec. 2. He was 3-3 and his final victory was a 3-0 shutout over Colorado on Dec. 29.
1/27/2015 Michal Neuvirth, G
Buffalo Sabres general manager Tim Murray told the team's official website that Neuvirth suffered a lower-body injury during the All-Star break.

Analysis: Murray added that the goaltender will not be with the team on its four consecutive road games. Matt Hackett was recalled from the minors Monday.
1/26/2015 Kyle Okposo, RW
Okposo will be sidelined six to eight weeks because of an undisclosed upper-body injury.

Analysis: Okposo, who played in New York's first 46 games this season, is second on the club with 44 points - one fewer than All-Star John Tavares. He has 14 goals, including four against Pittsburgh on Jan. 16.
1/26/2015 Nikita Zadorov, D
The Buffalo Sabres have suspended rookie defenseman Nikita Zadorov for failing to report to the team on time following the NHL all-star break.

Analysis: The Sabres did not say how long the suspension would last. The penalty was handed down after Zadorov missed Monday afternoon's practice.
1/26/2015 Mike Richards, C
The Los Angeles Kings have assigned Mike Richards to their AHL affiliate after the high-priced center cleared waivers. Richards was sent to the Manchester Monarchs on Tuesday after no NHL team picked him up.

Analysis: Richards went on waivers Monday. The formerly prolific goal-scorer has just five goals and 10 assists in 47 games this season and is making $7 million as part of his 12-year, $69 million contract through 2020.
1/24/2015 Tyler Johnson, C
Johnson has been ruled out from playing in the NHL All-Star skills competition on Saturday night because of a lower body injury.

Analysis: The Lightning also announced that it's unclear whether the second-year player will be able to compete in the All-Star game on Sunday. The team did not reveal the severity of the injury or how Johnson was hurt. Johnson is eighth in the NHL and leads Tampa Bay with 48 points (17 goals and 31 assists) in 46 games this season.
1/22/2015 Erik Johnson, D
The Colorado Avalanche will be without top defenseman Erik Johnson for three to eight weeks due to a knee injury.

Analysis: The 26-year-old has a career-high 12 goals this season.
1/22/2015 Evgeni Malkin, C
Malkin has a lower-body injury.

Analysis: Malkin's status is unclear.
1/22/2015 Kris Letang, D
Letang had a career-high five assists in a 5-3 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night.

Analysis: The Penguins defenseman sat out the final game before the All-Star break with concussion-like symptoms. Letang has 11 assists and one goal in his last six games.
1/22/2015 Kevin Bieksa, D
Bieksa has a broken hand.

Analysis: Bieksa is out indefinitely.
1/22/2015 Sidney Crosby, C
Crosby has received an injection to deal with an unspecified lower-body injury and will sit out the NHL All-Star game, along with Tuesday's game against Winnipeg.

Analysis: Crosby is tied with Evgeni Malkin for the team lead with 51 points, which ranks fourth in the NHL. Crosby has come on following a sluggish December with three goals and four assists in his last five games.
1/22/2015 Filip Forsberg, RW
Forsberg has been added to the NHL All-Star game being played Sunday, making him the only rookie in the lineup. The league announced the addition Wednesday, the news coming on the heels of the Penguins announcing that Evgeni Malkin will not be able to play in the game due to a lower-body injury.

Analysis: Forsberg already was headed to Columbus for the rookie portion of the weekend. He leads the Predators and all rookies with 40 points through 45 games. He also is plus-24, which is third overall in the NHL.
1/22/2015 Patrick Marleau, LW
Marleau picked up a goal and an assist in Wednesday's win over Los Angeles.

Analysis: It was a nice night for the veteran, whose production has otherwise slowed. The goal stands as just his second tally in 20 games, and after scoring 33 goals in 2013-14, has just nine through 48 games this season.
1/22/2015 Logan Couture, C
Couture scored two goals and added an assist in Wednesday's win over Los Angeles.

Analysis: Couture has 13 points in his last 11 games and is now just two goals shy of his fifth consecutive 20-goal season.
1/22/2015 Tuukka Rask, G
Rask made 34 saves in Wednesday's 3-2 shootout loss to Colorado.

Analysis: Rask had a slow start to the season, but he's returned to form with a 1.46 goals-against average and .952 save percentage over a 5-1-2 span.
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