Cernak (lower body) will play Tuesday against Toronto, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports. Cernak exited Saturday's loss to Arizona with a lower-body issue, but his injury clearly ended up not being overly serious. The 22-year-old Slovakian, who's picked up 11 points in 59 games this campaign, will skate on Tampa Bay's top pairing Tuesday.
Cernak (lower body) is day-to-day and will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's contest against Toronto. Cernak suffered the lower-body injury in Saturday's game against Arizona but may be lucky enough to not miss any time. The 22-year-old has 11 points in 59 games this season. If he's unable to dress, Luke Schenn should crack the lineup.
Cernak (lower body) will not return to Saturday's game against the Coyotes, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports. Cernak was injured midway through the second period. He's the third Lightning defenseman to be out of action -- Jan Rutta and Ryan McDonagh are both on injured reserve with lower-body injuries. The Lightning return home for their next game Tuesday against the Maple Leafs.
Cernak potted a goal on three shots, dished three hits, blocked two shots and added two PIM in Friday's 4-3 win over the Ducks. It's the first time the defenseman has scored in back-to-back games in his young career. Cernak has matched last year's goal output with five, but he only has 10 points to go with 92 shots on net, 112 hits and 66 blocks through 48 outings.
Cernak scored a goal and went plus-3 in Wednesday's 4-2 win over the Kings. Cernak converted on a feed from Nikita Kucherov at 4:13 of the third period to put the Lightning ahead 3-2. The defenseman's goal snapped a seven-game point drought. Cernak has posted nine points, 109 hits, 89 shots on goal and 64 blocked shots through 47 outings. While his offensive upside is limited, he could interest owners in deep formats that reward physical play.
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