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Johan Franzen (concussion) has skated by himself twice this week.

Franzen is still experiencing symptoms though, so his return isn't imminent. He hasn't played since Jan. 6.
Mar 6 - 4:14 PM

Jonathan Ericsson is good to play on Friday after sustaining a shoulder injury during Wednesday's game.

Ericsson has three goals and 14 points in 62 contests in 2014-15. As per usual, he will skate alongside Niklas Kronwall.
Mar 6 - 4:11 PM

Andrey Makarov has been called up by the Buffalo Sabres.

The Sabres needed a third goaltender because Chad Johnson is doubtful due to a lower-body injury. If Makarov is needed at all on Friday, it will probably be to serve as the backup. Makarov has a 3.04 GAA and .899 save percentage in 33 AHL contests in 2014-15.
Mar 6 - 4:06 PM

Anders Lindback will probably start on Friday.

Lindback was originally supposed to warm the bench, but projected starter Chad Johnson is now doubtful with a lower-body injury. Goaltender Andrey Makarov has been recalled, but he'll probably serve as the backup.
Mar 6 - 4:04 PM

Chad Johnson is dealing with a lower-body injury.

Johnson will probably miss Friday's game as a result. This setback is particularly unfortunate for him because he was penciled in to get the nod in that game. Buffalo has called up goaltender Andrey Makarov and he'll probably serve as Anders Lindback's understudy.
Mar 6 - 4:03 PM

Matt Carle (abdominal injury) thinks he'll be ready by next weekend.

Tampa Bay's only game that weekend is on Saturday March 14. Lightning coach Jon Cooper previously suggested that Carle could return as early as Thursday, so how we're reading into that Carle is being penciled in to return on either Thursday or Saturday.
Mar 6 - 3:59 PM

Matt Irwin suffered an upper-body injury during Friday's practice.

Irwin's problem was described as something tweaked. He's considered questionable for Saturday's contest as a result. Irwin has seven goals and 15 points in 40 contests in 2014-15.
Mar 6 - 3:17 PM

Shane O'Brien has been sent to the minors.

O'Brien was called up for Thursday's game and he ended up logging 15:26 minutes in the 4-3 shootout loss to Dallas. He has an assist in nine games with Florida in 2014-15.
Mar 6 - 2:54 PM

Eric Nystrom's lower-body injury will cost him four weeks.

There's only five weeks left in the regular season, so at this point a best case scenario would probably be Nystrom getting in a couple more contests before the playoffs start. He has seven goals and 12 points in 60 contests in 2014-15.
Mar 6 - 2:20 PM

Matt Carle (abdominal injury) might return as early as Thursday.

The Lightning have two more games before that contest, so keep that in mind. Carle has four goals and 14 points in 46 contests in 2014-15.
Mar 6 - 2:16 PM

Eric O'Dell has been summoned by the Winnipeg Jets.

The Jets needed some help with Bryan Little sidelined. O'Dell has 14 goals and 29 points in 37 AHL contests in 2014-15.
Mar 6 - 1:38 PM

Bryan Little (undisclosed) is expected to miss at least two games.

Little will still travel with the Jets on their upcoming four-game road trip, but it sounds like a best case scenario would have him returning on Thursday. Winnipeg has responded to this injury by calling up Eric O'Dell.
Mar 6 - 1:37 PM

Dustin Byfuglien (upper body) will miss the next two-to-four weeks.

There's just five weeks left in the rest of the regular season, so any setback could potentially be season ending. The timing is also unfortunate for the Jets, which are barely clinging onto a Wild Card spot. Byfuglien has 42 points and 118 penalty minutes in 65 games this season. His injury could lead to Paul Postma coming out of the press box.
Mar 6 - 1:34 PM

Nino Niederreiter (lower body) took part in Friday's optional skate.

Niederreiter might take part in Friday's contest, but that's not a sure thing. It's not clear who would sit if he's healthy enough to play, but Sean Bergenheim and Jordan Schroeder are among the possibilities.
Mar 6 - 1:26 PM

Slava Voynov's trial start date has been pushed back once again.

It was originally supposed to start on March 2, but then it was delayed until March 10 and now it won't begin until April 21. Voynov's lawyer said the latest delay was the result of a "mutual agreement." Voynov is suspended indefinitely by the NHL and is currently facing a charge of corporal injury to a spouse with great bodily injury.
Mar 6 - 1:02 PM



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