Lightning center Brayden Point has not played in a game since Game 7 of the Tampa Bay-Toronto first-round series on May 14, and it does not appear as though he will be back any time soon.
Point has been dealing with a lower-body injury. It was a non-contact injury that he suffered when trying to stop and pivot against the Leafs. He fell down to the ice, immediately grabbing at his right hip.
He attempted to play another shift, but he was clearly in pain and unable to put much weight on the leg. We have not seen him skate with the team since.
The 26-year-old center was at the Lightning’s optional skate on Wednesday ahead of their Game 1 matchup with the Rangers. However, he was working away from the group with assistant coach Jeff Halpern.
— Joe Smith (@JoeSmithTB) June 1, 2022
Despite the loss of their top-line center, the Lightning’s hopes of a three-peat are very much still alive. After their Game 7 win against the Leafs, the Lightning swept the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Panthers in the second round, making it to their third consecutive conference finals.
In seven games this postseason, Point registered two goals and two assists. He was instrumental in the club’s back-to-back Stanley Cup wins the past two seasons, leading all players in goals both postseasons.
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When will Brayden Point return?
The timetable for Point’s return is still unknown. Wednesday was his first time back on the ice since the injury, and he did not appear to be skating at 100 percent, so he’s certainly out at least for Game 1.
The last update from coach Jon Cooper came on May 27, when he gave a vague response to the answer of Point’s potential return date.
Jon Cooper said most of the guys should be available for the start to #ECF (like Hagel and Sergachev). With Brayden Point? “Is Point closer to playing and round three than he was for him to no question,” Cooper said. “He’s progressing. But we still don’t know when yet.”
— Joe Smith (@JoeSmithTB) May 27, 2022
When is Game 1 of the Lightning-Rangers series?
Game 1 of the Lightning-Rangers series is Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET. It will take place at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Viewers in the U.S. can watch the game nationally on ESPN. The Canadian audience can view the game on Sportsnet.
|Game||Matchup||Time (ET)||TV channel (U.S.)||TV channel (Canada)|
|Game 1||Rangers vs. Lightning||8 p.m.||ESPN||Sportsnet, CBC, TVA Sports|
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