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Defense Player Notes
For The Last 15 Days
 
Brent Seabrook, D, CHI4/20/2014 2:49:00 PM
Description: The Blackhawks will be without defenseman Brent Seabrook for three games after the NHL suspended him for his charging hit on David Backes of the Blues in Game 2. SOURCE: Tracey Myers, csnchicago.com
Insight: Seabrook was ejected from Game 2 and Chicago lost in overtime, putting the defending Stanley Cup Champions down 2-0. Seabrook had a goal and an assist in each of the first two games of the series after producing 41 points (seven goals, 34 assists), 149 SOG and a +23 rating during the regular season.
Fedor Tyutin, D, CLB4/19/2014 9:55:00 PM
Description: Columbus defenseman Fedor Tyutin (undisclosed) left Saturday's game in the first period and hasn't returned, according to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch.
Insight: Tyutin had four goals, 22 assists and 87 SOG in 69 games this season. Columbus has played most of Saturday's game with just five defensemen.
Matt Bartkowski, D, BOS4/18/2014 2:39:00 PM
Description: Bruins defenseman Matt Bartkowski is questionable for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Friday against Detroit.
Insight: He's dealing with flu-like symptoms. Though he has yet to put the puck in the net this season, he totaled 18 assists, 91 SOG, and a +22 rating.
Brenden Dillon, D, DAL4/18/2014 2:29:00 PM
Description: Dallas defenseman Brenden Dillon will miss Game 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals Friday against Anaheim,
Insight: He's still recovering from a lower body injury and has yet to begin to skate. Dillon totaled 17 points in 80 contests this season (six goals, 11 assists) along with 86 PIM.
Brenden Dillon, D, DAL4/16/2014 8:14:00 PM
Description: Dallas defenseman Brenden Dillon won't compete in Wednesday's playoff opener against Anaheim. SOURCE: Stars.nhl.com
Insight: He's still recovering from a lower body injury. Dillon racked up 17 points in 80 contests this season (six goals, 11 assists).
Ryan McDonagh, D, NYR4/16/2014 12:56:00 PM
Description: Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh said he has a full range of motion and no restrictions with his shoulder, according to Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News.
Insight: McDonagh (14 G, 29 A) suffered a shoulder injury on April 1 against the Canucks and missed the last five games of the regular season. He'll play in Game 1 against the Flyers on Thursday.
Drew Doughty, D, LOS4/16/2014 11:41:00 AM
Description: Kings defenseman Drew Doughty (shoulder) has been given a clean bill of health going into the postseason, according to lakingsinsider.com.
Insight: Doughty last played on April 3 and finished the season with 10 goals, 27 assists, 177 SOG, 64 PIM and a +18 rating. He participated fully in practice and will play in Game 1 of the playoffs against the Sharks. "I've known I'm good to go," Doughty said.
Brenden Dillon, D, DAL4/15/2014 8:33:00 PM
Description: Stars defenseman Brenden Dillon (lower body) didn't skate Tuesday and is questionable for Wednesday's playoff game, according to Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News.
Insight: The 23-year-old Dillon had six goals, 11 assists, 86 PIM and 97 SOG in 80 games this season. He missed the final game of the regular season on Sunday and will be a game-time decision.
Tyson Barrie, D, COL4/14/2014 8:12:00 PM
Description: Colorado defenseman Tyson Barrie (upper body) is expected to play Thursday against Minnesota in the postseason opener.
Insight: Barrie (13 G, 25 A) didn't play in the regular season finale as a precaution.
Alex Pietrangelo, D, STL4/14/2014 7:36:00 PM
Description: Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo (undisclosed) is expected to be available for Game 1 of the playoffs Thursday against Chicago.
Insight: Pietrangelo tied a career-high with 51 points (eight goals) in 81 games this season. He sat out the season finale with an undisclosed injury.
Roman Josi, D, NAS4/13/2014 11:02:00 PM
Description: Nashville defenseman Roman Josi had two points Sunday to reach 40 points for the first time.
Insight: Josi scored 13 goals and added 27 assists in 72 games this season. The 23-year-old was able to provide a capable complement to Shea Weber after the Predators lost Ryan Suter prior to last season.
Marek Zidlicky, D, MIN4/13/2014 10:48:00 PM
Description: Devils defenseman Marek Zidlicky had two goals in the season finale Sunday against the Bruins.
Insight: Zidlicky finished with 12 goals, his most since 2008-09 and just one less than he had in the previous three seasons combined. He also had 30 assists.
Matt Niskanen, D, PIT4/13/2014 8:46:00 PM
Description: Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen will finish with a career-high 46 points (10 goals) in 81 games this season.
Insight: Pittsburgh gave Niskanen the night off Sunday in the regular season finale to rest up for the playoffs. He serve as Pittsburgh's No. 1 defenseman for most of the season with Kris Letang missing a lot of time due to a stroke.
Alex Pietrangelo, D, STL4/13/2014 3:44:00 PM
Description: Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo (rest) missed the last game of the regular season Sunday.
Insight: Pietrangelo tied a career-high with 51 points (eight goals) in 81 games this season.
Zdeno Chara, D, BOS4/13/2014 3:39:00 PM
Description: Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (rest) missed Sunday's regular season finale.
Insight: Chara finish the season strong, picking up 13 points over his last 17 games to finish with 40 points (17 G, 23 A).
Christian Ehrhoff, D, BUF4/13/2014 3:18:00 PM
Description: Buffalo defenseman Christian Ehrhoff suffered a concussion Saturday and will miss the season finale Sunday against the Islanders, according to nhl.com.
Insight: Ehrhoff (6 G, 27 A) will finish with six goals, 27 assists, 38 penalty minutes, 161 SOG and a -27 rating in 79 games.
Niklas Kronwall, D, DET4/13/2014 12:06:00 PM
Description: Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall won't be available for Sunday's game versus St. Louis. SOURCE: Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press
Insight: He's resting along with teammates Johan Franzen, Daniel Alfredsson and Danny DeKeyser. It's only Kronwall's third absence of the season. His 49 points this season are tenth-most among NHL defensemen.
Nikita Nikitin, D, CLB4/12/2014 2:47:00 PM
Description: Blue Jackets defenseman Nikita Nikitin is questionable for Saturday's game against Florida due to a lower body injury suffered on Tuesday.
Insight: He has two goals and 13 assists in 65 games this season and zero points in his last 11 games. Look elsewhere for defensive help.
Robyn Regehr, D, LOS4/12/2014 2:43:00 PM
Description: Kings defenseman Robin Regehr is questionable for Saturday's game against Anaheim due to an undisclosed injury.
Insight: He only produced 13 points in 78 games this season and has little to no fantasy value.
Drew Doughty, D, LOS4/12/2014 2:40:00 PM
Description: Kings defenseman Drew Doughty (shoulder) is questionable for Saturday's game against Anaheim.
Insight: Doughty (10 G, 27 A) last played on April 3, but is fantasy worthy when healthy.
Kimmo Timonen, D, PHI4/12/2014 2:18:00 PM
Description: Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen will miss Saturday's game against Pittsburgh for rest.
Insight: Timonen has totaled 33 points this season including 19 power play points. The Flyers PP usually looks lost without him in the lineup.
Nicklas Grossmann, D, PHI4/12/2014 2:16:00 PM
Description: Flyers defenseman Nicklas Grossmann will miss Saturday's game against Pittsburgh due to a bruised right ankle.
Insight: Grossmann has just 14 points in 88 games and has one goal or less in five straight seasons. He has accumulated 55 PIM, but has little fantasy value.
Brooks Orpik, D, PIT4/12/2014 2:15:00 PM
Description: Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik (lower body) returned to the lineup Wednesday, but will sit out Saturday, according to Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Insight: The 33-year-old has two goals and 11 assists in 71 games, so has limited fantasy value even when healthy.
Jason Garrison, D, VAN4/12/2014 2:02:00 PM
Description: Vancouver defenseman Jason Garrison is questionable for Saturday's game against Edmonton due to a lower body injury.
Insight: Garrison has 32 points, 55 PIM, 179 SOG and 14 PPP in 79 games, but is pointless in his last 11 and shouldn't be in any fantasy lineups.
Victor Hedman, D, TAMHot4/11/2014 10:27:00 PM
Description: Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (lower body) never returned to Friday's game.
Insight: Hedman (13 G, 42 A) left early on with the injury. He has been on a tear, producing eight points (one goal, seven assists) in his last five games.
Victor Hedman, D, TAMHot4/11/2014 8:34:00 PM
Description: Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman suffered a lower body injury early in Friday's game and is questionable to return, according to Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times.
Insight: Hedman (13 G, 42 A) has been on a tear, producing eight points (one goal, seven assists) in his last five games.
Duncan Keith, D, CHI4/11/2014 6:42:00 PM
Description: Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith will get a night off to rest Friday, according to Tracey Myers of csnchicago.com.
Insight: With six goals, 55 assists, a +22 rating and 198 SOG in 79 games, Keith is a frontrunner for his second Norris Trophy.
Ladislav Smid, D, CAL4/11/2014 5:21:00 PM
Description: Calgary defenseman Ladislav Smid (upper body) will not play in the final two games, according to nhl.com.
Insight: Smid will end the season with one goal and five assists in 56 games.
Sami Salo, D, TAM4/11/2014 5:15:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay defenseman Sami Salo (upper body) will not play Friday, according to nhl.com.
Insight: The 39-year-old defenseman will miss his second straight game but could be back Sunday for the regular season finale. He has four goals, 13 assists and 80 SOG in 70 games this season.
Andrej Sekera, D, CAR4/11/2014 5:11:00 PM
Description: Carolina defenseman Andrej Sekera (lower body) will sit out again Friday, according to nhl.com.
Insight: Sekera last played on April 1 against the Penguins. The 27-year-old has set career highs with 11 goals, 33 assists (44 points) and 142 SOG this season, but he may be done for the season.
Mike Green, D, WAS4/11/2014 5:10:00 PM
Description: Capitals defenseman Mike Green (upper body) is not expected to play Friday.
Insight: Green suffered an upper-body injury last Saturday against the Islanders and may sit out the rest of the season with the Capitals eliminated from playoff contention. He has nine goals, 29 assists, 64 PIM and 172 SOG in 70 games.
Kevin Shattenkirk, D, STL4/10/2014 10:39:00 PM
Description: St. Louis defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk scored his career-high 10th goal of the season Thursday against the Wild.
Insight: Shattenkirk also has a career-high 45 points in 79 games this season. The Blues have three defensemen with at least 37 points.
Drew Doughty, D, LOS4/10/2014 9:10:00 PM
Description: Kings defenseman Drew Doughty (shoulder) is not expected to play Thursday against Edmonton, according to Oilers announcer Jack Michaels.
Insight: Doughty (10 G, 27 A) last played on April 3 and wasn't spotted during pre-game warmups Thursday.
Zdeno Chara, D, BOS4/10/2014 7:51:00 PM
Description: Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (rest) will sit out Thursday, according to Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe.
Insight: Boston has clinched the No. 1 seed and is resting Chara and Patrice Bergeron Thursday. Chara has 17 goals, 22 assists and 168 SOG in 76 games this season.
Cam Fowler, D, ANA4/10/2014 6:14:00 PM
Description: Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler (sprained MCL) returned to action Wednesday against the Sharks.
Insight: Fowler (6 G, 30 A) had been out since March 14 and wasn't expected to play initially, but he ended up skating 20 minutes in the win.
Zach Bogosian, D, WIN4/10/2014 5:26:00 PM
Description: Winnipeg defenseman Zach Bogosian (upper body) will miss Thursday's game against Boston, according to nhl.com.
Insight: Bogosian was a 30-point player in 65 games in 2011, but he has just 11 points in 55 games this season.
Sami Salo, D, TAM4/10/2014 5:19:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay defenseman Sami Salo (upper body) will not play Thursday against the Flyers, according to nhl.com.
Insight: The 39-year-old defenseman has four goals, 13 assists and 80 SOG in 70 games this season.
Calvin de Haan, D, NYI4/10/2014 5:07:00 PM
Description: Islanders defenseman Calvin de Haan (lower body) is not expected to play again this season, according to Arthur Staple of Newsday.
Insight: The blueliner left Saturday's game and sat out the last two games. Islanders coach Jack Capuano said Thursday that none of New York's injured players will play again this season. That means no Kyle Okposo, Lubomir Visnovsky, John Tavares, Brian Strait, Michael Grabner, Cal Clutterbuck or de Haan.
Andrej Sekera, D, CAR4/10/2014 5:03:00 PM
Description: Carolina defenseman Andrej Sekera (lower body) will not play Thursday, according to Michael Smith of the team's official website.
Insight: Sekera last played on April 1 against the Penguins. The 27-year-old has set career highs with 11 goals, 33 assists (44 points) and 142 SOG this season.
Mike Green, D, WAS4/10/2014 4:59:00 PM
Description: Capitals defenseman Mike Green (upper body) will not play Thursday against the Hurricanes, according to nhl.com.
Insight: Green suffered an upper-body injury Saturday against the Islanders and may sit out the rest of the season. He has nine goals, 29 assists, 64 PIM and 172 SOG in 70 games.
Tyler Myers, D, BUF4/10/2014 4:57:00 PM
Description: Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers (upper body) won't play Thursday against the Rangers.
Insight: Myers hasn't played since March 25. He'll probably miss the rest of the season.
Ryan McDonagh, D, NYR4/9/2014 8:32:00 PM
Description: Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh (shoulder) will not play Thursday, according to Andrew Gross of the Bergen Record.
Insight: McDonagh (14 G, 29 A) suffered a shoulder injury on April 1 against the Canucks and hasn't played since. Coach Alain Vigneault says it's still "50-50" McDonagh makes it back for the regular season finale Saturday.
Brooks Orpik, D, PIT4/9/2014 8:28:00 PM
Description: Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik (lower body) returned to the lineup Wednesday.
Insight: Orpik missed Sunday's game. The 33-year-old came into Wednesday's game with two goals and 11 assists in 70 games.
Olli Maatta, D, PIT4/9/2014 8:27:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh defenseman Olli Maatta (upper body) returned to the lineup Wednesday against Detroit.
Insight: The 19-year-old Maatta has hit a wall lately, producing just two points over his last 14 games. He missed the last two games.
Cam Fowler, D, ANA4/9/2014 6:14:00 PM
Description: Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler (sprained MCL) wasn't expected to play Wednesday but he says he'll be a game-time decision, according to Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register.
Insight: Fowler (6 G, 30 A) hasn't played since March 14. Including Wednesday's tilt against the Sharks, the Ducks have three games left this season.
Cam Fowler, D, ANA4/9/2014 4:34:00 PM
Description: Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler (sprained MCL) took part in Tuesday's practice but isn't ready to return yet, according to nhl.com.
Insight: Fowler (6 G, 30 A) hasn't played since March 14. Including Wednesday's tilt against the Sharks, the Ducks have three games left this season.
Dennis Wideman, D, CAL4/9/2014 4:32:00 PM
Description: Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman (upper body) will miss the rest of the season, according to Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun.
Insight: Wideman hasn't played since March 5. He'll finish with four goals, 17 assists and 102 SOG in 46 games.
Ladislav Smid, D, CAL4/9/2014 4:29:00 PM
Description: Calgary defenseman Ladislav Smid (upper body) has missed the last five games.
Insight: Smid won't play Wednesday against the Kings but hasn't been ruled out for the season, according to Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun.
Drew Doughty, D, LOS4/9/2014 4:26:00 PM
Description: Kings defenseman Drew Doughty (shoulder) is not expected to play Wednesday, according to Jon Rosen of lakingsinsider.com.
Insight: Doughty (10 G, 27 A) last played on April 3. The Kings want to have him healthy for the playoffs.
Andrei Markov, D, MON4/9/2014 11:59:00 AM
Description: Montreal defenseman Andrei Markov will get the night off to rest Wednesday against the Blackhawks. It will be his first absence of the season. SOURCE: Montreal Gazette
Insight: The Canadiens have already locked up a playoff spot and unless something drastic happens, they're going to have home ice for the first round. It's possible Markov (seven goals, 36 assists) could be back in the lineup Thursday against the Islanders.
Kris Letang, D, PIT4/9/2014 11:55:00 AM
Description: Penguins defenseman Kris Letang will return Wednesday against Detroit. It's his first game since suffering a stroke two months ago. SOURCE: Piitsburgh Tribune-Review
Insight: He may not play his usual 24 minutes a game but Letang is always a strong fantasy option when healthy. Even without playing the last two months, he's still tied for the team lead in goals by a defenseman (ten).
Ryan Suter, D, MIN4/8/2014 10:55:00 PM
Description: Wild defenseman Ryan Suter scored a goal Tuesday against the Bruins to tie a career high with his eighth of the season.
Insight: The 29-year-old has had another strong season, generating 43 points, 148 SOG and a +16 rating in 80 games.
Victor Hedman, D, TAMHot4/8/2014 10:11:00 PM
Description: Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman had a goal and two assists Tuesday against Toronto.
Insight: Hedman has produced six points over his last four games and 16 in his last 20. The 23-year-old former second overall pick has broken out with 13 goals and 53 points in his fifth professional season.
Mike Green, D, WAS4/8/2014 5:08:00 PM
Description: Capitals defenseman Mike Green (upper body) will not be available Tuesday against the Blues, according to nhl.com.
Insight: Green suffered an upper-body injury Saturday against the Islanders. He has nine goals, 29 assists, 64 PIM and 172 SOG in 70 games this season.
Andrej Sekera, D, CAR4/8/2014 4:57:00 PM
Description: Carolina defenseman Andrej Sekera (lower body) will miss Tuesday's game against the Rangers, according to nhl.com.
Insight: Sekera last played on April 1 against the Penguins. The 27-year-old has set career highs with 11 goals, 33 assists (44 points) and 142 SOG this season.
Ryan McDonagh, D, NYR4/8/2014 4:56:00 PM
Description: Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh (shoulder) will miss Tuesday's game against Carolina, according to nhl.com.
Insight: McDonagh (14 G, 29 A) suffered a shoulder injury late in last Tuesday's game against the Canucks and hasn't played since.
Calvin de Haan, D, NYI4/8/2014 4:52:00 PM
Description: Islanders defenseman Calvin de Haan (lower body) is questionable for Tuesday's game against the Senators, according to nhl.com.
Insight: The blueliner left Saturday's game and sat out Sunday. de Haan has three goals and 13 assists in 51 games this season.
Tyler Myers, D, BUF4/8/2014 4:44:00 PM
Description: Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers (upper body) still isn't ready to return, according to nhl.com.
Insight: Myers hasn't played since March 25 and will sit out Tuesday against the Red Wings.
Christian Ehrhoff, D, BUF4/8/2014 4:43:00 PM
Description: Buffalo defenseman Christian Ehrhoff (lacerated ear) is expected to play Tuesday, according to nhl.com.
Insight: Ehrhoff (6 G, 27 A) took a puck to his right ear Sunday against the Flyers and needed roughly 40 stitches to close the wound.
Zach Bogosian, D, WIN4/7/2014 11:59:00 AM
Description: Winnipeg defenseman Zach Bogosian is questionable for Monday's game against Minnesota while dealing with an upper body injury.
Insight: Bogosian was a 30-point player in 65 games in 2011, but dropped to 14 last season and his 11 points in 55 games makes him unplayable even when healthy.
Keith Ballard, D, MIN4/7/2014 11:56:00 AM
Description: Minnesota defenseman Keith Ballard is unlikely to return after missing his 10th consecutive game with a groin injury.
Insight: He's not there yet, said coach Mike Yeo. He has nine points in 45 games this season so his fantasy value is near zero.
Bryce Salvador, D, NJD4/7/2014 11:45:00 AM
Description: Devils defenseman Bryce Salvador (groin) has missed the last six games due to a groin injury and is likely out for Monday's game against Calgary.
Insight: He's yet to start skating, according to a Bergen Record report. With just one goal and three assists in 40 games this season, the Devils captain has no fantasy value.
Calvin de Haan, D, NYI4/6/2014 3:44:00 PM
Description: Islanders defenseman Calvin de Haan will miss Sunday's game due to a lower-body injury, according to Arthur Staple of Newsday.
Insight: The blueliner left Saturday's game and was unable to return. de Haan has three goals and 13 assists in 51 games this season.
Dustin Byfuglien, D, WIN4/6/2014 10:47:00 AM
Description: Jets D Dustin Byfuglien left Saturday's game due to an upper-body injury, according to nhl.com.
Insight: Byfuglien (20 G, 36 A) is considered day-to-day and is iffy for Monday's game against the Wild.
Olli Maatta, D, PIT4/6/2014 10:45:00 AM
Description: Pittsburgh defenseman Olli Maatta missed Saturday's game due to an upper-body injury, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He's questionable for Sunday's contest.
Insight: The 19-year-old Maatta has hit a wall lately, producing just two points over his last 14 games. He has 29 points in 75 games this season.
Alexander Edler, D, VAN4/6/2014 10:38:00 AM
Description: Even with a goal and an assist Saturday night against the Kings, Canucks D Alexander Edler has just 21 points in 59 games this season.
Insight: What's worse is that Edler, a former two-time 40-point scorer, has a -32 rating, one of the worst in the NHL.
Niklas Kronwall, D, DET4/5/2014 10:03:00 PM
Description: Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall had a goal and an assist Saturday at Montreal.
Insight: Kronwall also took seven SOG. The 33-year-old defenseman's 48 points are the second-most of his career.
Ryan McDonagh, D, NYR4/5/2014 3:57:00 PM
Description: Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh (shoulder) will not play Saturday, according to Katie Strang of ESPN.
Insight: McDonagh (14 G, 29 A) suffered a shoulder injury late in Tuesday's game at Vancouver and hasn't played since.
Ryan Murray, D, CLB4/5/2014 3:28:00 PM
Description: Columbus defenseman Ryan Murray returned from a knee injury Friday against Chicago.
Insight: Murray suffered a knee injury on March 3 when he got tangled up with Phil Kessel in the right corner. The 2012 No. 2 overall pick has produced three goals, 17 assists, 10 PIM, 53 SOG and a +4 rating in 61 games this season. He's been more valuable to the Blue Jackets than fantasy owners.

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