Palat will miss three-to-five weeks due to a lower-body injury. Palat exited Saturday's game early after suffering what appeared to be a right leg injury, and his absence from Monday's practice indicated something was up. It's now been confirmed that the issue suffered is rather severe in nature, and will force him to miss an extended period of time. The winger has totaled seven points (two goals, five assists) through 16 games this season, and his absence from the Lightning's top line will force the club to shuffle things around. It's also likely that Palat will wind up on injured reserve to allow the Lightning to add another forward for depth. J.T. Brown appears to be the top candidate to draw into the lineup in his place Monday, but the lines remain a bit of a mystery. However, things will likely clear up a bit at some point prior to the contest. Palat's timetable would allow him an early December return at the earliest, with the potential for the issue to stretch into mid-December as well.
Palat suffered a right leg injury during Saturday's game and had to be helped off the ice, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Palat appeared to suffer a serious leg injury after a Wild player fell on his left knee during Saturday's game. It's unclear how serious the injury might be, but judging by the fact that Palat had to be helped off the ice, it's unlikely he will return to the game. More information should be available following the conclusion of the contest so fantasy owners should check back in then.
Palat has gotten off to a slow start to the season with just one point -- a power-play-goal -- in his first four games of the season. The Triplets Line -- Palat, Tyler Johnson and Nikita Kucherov -- have combined for just five points in the first four games, with Johnson netting three of them. This trio is far too good to be held down for long, although they are seeing some intense checking right now. It shouldn't take long for Palat and friends to start tapping the proverbial keg with a bit more regularity.
Ondrej Palat, Nikita Kucherov and Tyler Johnson, who are known as the Bolts' Triplet Line, mustered just two shots combined in Game 1 against Chicago. And their overall production has slowed -- they have just three goals and eight points in the team's last five games. Four of those eight points came in garbage time in a Game 6 blowout at the hands of the Rangers.
Ondrej Palat scored his seventh goal of the postseason in Friday's Game 7 win over the Rangers.
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