Palat notched an even-strength goal while logging 17:20 of ice time in Sunday's 3-1 loss to the Blue Jackets. Palat finally got into the fold offensively, collecting his first point and shot of the series. He's been decent defensively, however, dishing out 10 hits while posting five blocked shots in three games. The Czech-born player has averaged 16:49 of ice time in the series, so he'll need to keep producing if the Lightning want to dig out of their 3-0 series hole.
Palat is taking part in warmups, suggesting he'll return Saturday against the Capitals, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports. Palat was the beneficiary of a scheduling quirk that allowed the Lightning to rest between Monday and Saturday, giving him plenty of time to recover from a minor upper-body injury suffered in Monday's contest. He should serve in a top-six role as usual against the Capitals.
Lightning coach Jon Cooper is optimistic that Palat (upper body) will be in action against the Capitals on Saturday, Caley Chelios of Fox Sports reports. This is consistent with Friday's report from Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site. From a fantasy perspective, Palat almost always gets overshadowed by big-name studs like Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos. Of course, the aforementioned players are among the league's elite offensive forwards, but don't lose sight of the fact that Palat is squarely in the top six along with them, and he deserves credit for the Bolts possessing a league-best rate on the power play this season.
Head coach Jon Cooper said the Lightning hope Palat (upper body) will be able to return to action Saturday against Washington, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports. Palat exited Monday's contest against Boston after sustaining the upper-body injury. Getting the 28-year-old back would be a huge boost for the Lightning, as he's a key member of their top six and power-play units.
Palat (upper body) will not return to Monday's game against the Bruins. Palat left Monday's game after just two minutes of ice time in the first period. The 27-year-old is a key member of Tampa Bay's top-six as well as its first power-play unit. Any extended absence would be a big loss for the best team in hockey.
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