Fantasy Hockey Injury/Suspension Report for Saturday

Dion Phaneuf will be making his much needed return tonight against the Chicago Blackhawks. Fantasy owners and Maple Leafs' fans rejoice! - Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sport

Updating you on all the injury and suspension news for the coming weekend. Yeah, there have been so many suspensions that we have to put "Suspension" in the headings.

Cody Hodgson: Hodgson left Thursday's game for an undisclosed reason. He will be a game time decision tonight against the Calgary Flames. Monitor his progress and adjust your lineups accordingly.

Sean Monahan: After suffering a hairline fracture in his foot, Monahan has made incredible strides in his recovery and even skated for the first time on Wednesday. He is currently a game time decision, so It would be best to roll with a replacement until his status becomes certain.

Elias Lindholm: If you're in a deep keeper league, Lindholm could be on your team. After taking a hit from Mark Giordano, Lindholm left the game and did not return. His status for tonight remains questionable.

Curtis McElhinney: After manning the crease for the Columbus Blue Jackets during Sergei Brobovsky's absence, McElhinney is doubtful for tonight's game and will likely remain sidelined with a lower body injury. If you took a chance on him, there's always the Blue Jackets' recent call-up Jeremy Smith, but hopefully you have better options.

Darren Helm: Helm saw an impressive surge in production before sustaining a shoulder injury on December 5th. He is questionable for tonight's tilt against the Pittsburgh Penguins, but it has already been stated that he will not play. Helm is part of a long list of injuries for the Detroit Red Wings, who are already without captain Henrik Zetterberg and goaltender Jimmy Howard.

Tim Thomas: Thomas left the Florida Panthers' practice on Thursday and did not return. Scott Clemmensen played well last night against the Washington Capitals, but chances are Jacob Markstrom will get the call-up. If Thomas is your starter, be sure to get your hands on the young prospect. This could be the time he finally turns it up in the NHL. Markstrom is currently 4-5-1 with a 2.46 GAA and 0.924 SV% in the AHL.

Craig Smith: The USHL product has been a productive player for the Nashville Predators this season, but still needs to work on his consistency. If you're in the deepest of leagues and own him, you may need to look elsewhere. He has been diagnosed with the flu and remains day-to-day.

Evgeni Nabokov: The unimpressive Russian, who was once deemed one of the best, could make his triumphant return on Saturday night against the Montreal Canadiens. He served as Kevin Poulin's backup in their last game so he should get the nod tonight.

Derrick Brassard: Brassard has been sidelined with a lower body injury since Thursday and remains questionable for Saturday night. The talented center may be owned by some of the most patient managers in fantasy hockey, so continue to keep your hopes up.

James Neal: The talented power forward will continue to serve his five-game suspension after kneeing Brad Marchand in the head. Serves him right. It will be hard to duplicate his numbers, but try to cope with the loss for another week or so, his return will make it worth your while.

Dion Phaneuf: The Toronto Maple Leafs captain will be making his return to the lineup tonight against the Chicago Blackhawks. With the current woes in Leafs Nation, look for Phaneuf to take his game to the next level as he tries to change the tide in Toronto.

David Clarkson: After another questionable play, Clarkson's verdict was delivered today and the feisty Maple Leafs' winger will miss the next two games. Owners must be displeased with the new acquisitions' numbers. Brought in to produce some secondary scoring and defensive play, Clarkson has yet to live up to expectations. Stay strong though, hopefully he turns it around soon.

Brooks Laich: The versatile Washington Capitals' forward was not on the ice last night against the Panthers and remains sidelined with a groin injury. His status continues to be day-to-day.

Evander Kane: Last month, Kane told the media that he was a healthy scratch when Winnipeg Jets' coach Claude Noel kept him sidelined with an injury. Needless to say, that created a bit of controversy in the Jets' camp.

This time, when asked about his status for Saturday night, Kane jokingly replied "We're not going to go down that road again." According to the coach, he'll likely remain out until it's certain he can play to his full abilities. Kane owners will have to wait even longer for the stat giant's return, but don't worry, I feel your pain.

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