Erne (lower body) will miss all of the conference quarterfinals versus the Devils, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Erne's missed nine straight games, including the last six of the regular season. However, the Lightning have plenty of depth at left wing to compensate for his absence as Alex Killorn -- who has five points through Game 3 -- is working in a third-line capacity with proven playmakers J.T. Miller and Ondrej Palat operating in the top six.
Erne (lower body) took the ice following Monday's game-day practice session, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Erne -- who has been sidelined for the last eight games -- still has yet to join his teammates on the ice, which doesn't bode well for a short-term absence. Even once given the green light to return, the winger could struggle to work his way into the lineup -- especially if the Lightning keep on winning.
Erne (lower body) is definitely longer than a day-to-day situation according to head coach John Cooper, Erik Erlendsson of Lightning Insider reports. Considering there is less than a week left in the regular season, this sounds like Erne could be out for the duration. If that's true, fantasy owners won't feel it too much. The 22-year-old only has four points and 29 shots on goal in 23 games this season.
Erne will be out indefinitely with his lower-body injury. It's not abundantly clear whether this means Erne will miss the six games that remain in the regular season, but his prognosis certainly doesn't sound good. The smooth skater is bound to be reevaluated ahead of the playoffs.
Erne will not return to Monday's home game against the Coyotes after suffering a lower-body injury. Tampa's third-line grinder only skated for 3:52 before departing. He'll be checked out again before Thursday's road game against the Bruins. Hopefully, the injury isn't serious, but he might not travel if it is determined to be a significant issue.
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