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Eastern Atlantic Standings

Team W-L-OTL Pts
58-18-6 122
54-21-7 115
51-23-8 110
51-26-5 107
32-39-11 75
32-40-10 74
33-42-7 73
22-49-11 55

2021 Stats

STATS A
Assists
P
Points
+/-
Plus-Minus Goals Scored For or Against Total
TOI/G
Time On Ice Per Game
PM
Penalty Minutes
Regular Season 12 13 7 19:09 46
Post Season 0 0 1 21:38 4

Top Erik Cernak News

  • Lightning's Erik Cernak: Can't finish contest

    Cernak (undisclosed) exited Tuesday's Game 1 versus the Panthers after blocking a shot, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports.

    Cernak was hurt in the second period and did not return for the third. The defenseman has played mostly a defensive role in the Lightning's top-four, so this would be a more noticeable absence on the ice than in fantasy if he misses time. Jan Rutta would likely stay in the lineup and Riley Nash could draw in at forward if Cernak isn't available for Thursday's Game 2.

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  • Lightning's Erik Cernak: Good to go

    Cernak (upper body) will play Thursday versus Columbus, source reports.

    Cernak exited Tuesday's win over the Blue Jackets after logging just 3:59 of ice time, but whatever forced him from that contest evidently wasn't overly serious. The 24-year-old defender is expected to slot into a top-pairing role for Thursday's rematch with Columbus.

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  • Lightning's Erik Cernak: Exits contest

    Cernak (upper body) won't finish Tuesday's game versus the Blue Jackets.

    Cernak took a puck to the face in the first period, though the Lightning didn't provide any extra details about his injury. He'll be considered day-to-day heading into Thursday's rematch with the Blue Jackets.

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  • Lightning's Erik Cernak: No mirage in sight

    Cernak has no points in his last 17 games.

    That span coincides with Cernak's Feb. 15 return from a lower-body injury. He's not known for his offense, but this span is desert-like. Cernak does have 47 hits in those 17 games, but limited one-category contributors just aren't roster worthy.

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  • Lightning's Erik Cernak: Skates Monday

    Cernak (undisclosed) participated in Monday's practice, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports.

    Cernak left Saturday's game and did not return due to an undisclosed injury. Coach Jon Cooper considers Cernak hopeful to play Tuesday, Smith adds. The 24-year-old defenseman has averaged 19:25 of ice time and dealt three assists over his last eight appearances.

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  • Lightning's Erik Cernak: Playing Tuesday

    Cernak (undisclosed) will participate in Tuesday's game against Ottawa, Erik Erlendsson of LightningInsider.com reports.

    Cernak was held out of the final two periods of Saturday's game for precautionary purposes, Erlendsson adds. The 24-year-old will have missed no complete contests while dealing with an undisclosed injury. The defenseman has averaged 18:53 of ice time and registered seven points over 24 performances this season.

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  • Lightning's Erik Cernak: Won't return to Saturday's game

    Cernak (undisclosed) won't return to Saturday's game versus the Predators, Erik Erlendsson of LightningInsider.com reports.

    Cernak initially left the game after taking a check to the head in the first period, but he returned from that injury. It's unclear at this time if his exit from the contest is related to that hit from Mikael Granlund or if he suffered a separate injury later in the contest. More information on Cernak's status should be available prior to Tuesday's game versus the Senators.

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  • Lightning's Erik Cernak: Expected to return Tuesday

    Cernak (lower body) is expected to participate in Tuesday's game against New Jersey, per NHL.com.

    Cernak has averaged 19:18 of ice time and distributed three assists over his last five appearances. The 24-year-old has missed the last nine games while dealing with a lower-body injury.

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  • Lightning's Erik Cernak: Not expected to return this week

    Cernak (lower body) is not expected to return to play this week, Erik Erlendsson of LightningInsider.com reports Tuesday.

    Cernak has missed the last seven games while recovering from a lower-body injury. The 24-year-old has logged seven points over 21 games this season. He may return for next Tuesday's game against New Jersey.

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  • Lightning's Erik Cernak: Ruled out next three games

    Cernak (lower body) will remain unavailable for the next three games, Erik Erlendsson of LightningInsider.com reports Tuesday.

    Cernak has missed four games dealing with a lower-body injury and is expected to miss three more. The 24-year-old has averaged 19:24 of ice time and tallied seven points over 21 appearances this season.

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  • Lightning's Erik Cernak: Remains unavailable

    Cernak (lower body) won't play Friday versus the Ducks, Erik Erlendsson of LightningInsider.com reports.

    Cernak will miss a third straight contest Friday and the Lightning have yet to release an expected timetable for his return. Cal Foote will likely continue to skate on Tampa Bay's top pairing until Cernak's ready to rock.

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  • Lightning's Erik Cernak: Doubtful for Tuesday

    Cernak (lower body) was designated as doubtful for Tuesday's game in Los Angeles, Erik Erlendsson of LightningInsider.com reports.

    Cernak's next opportunity to play would be Friday in Anaheim if he does not participate in Tuesday's game against the Kings. Cernak was activated off injured reserve Jan. 2. The 24-year-old has played six games since activation, tallying three assists and averaging 19:10 of ice time over that period.

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  • Lightning's Erik Cernak: Out Saturday

    Cernak (lower body) will not play Saturday against Dallas, Erik Erlendsson of LightningInsider.com reports.

    Cernak was considered a game-time decision so he's likely considered day-to-day right now. His next chance to play will be Tuesday against the Kings.

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  • Lightning's Erik Cernak: Game-time decision

    Cernak (lower body) will be a game-time call for Saturday's matchup with Dallas, Erik Erlendsson of LightningInsider.com reports.

    Cernak's status versus the Stars likely won't be confirmed until Tampa Bay takes the ice for pregame warmups. Ryan McDonagh (lower body) is also considered a game-time decision, so the Lightning could be pretty shorthanded on the back end against Dallas.

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  • Lightning's Erik Cernak: Can't finish Thursday's game

    Cernak (lower body) did not return from the locker room after blocking a shot in Thursday's game versus the Canucks, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports.

    Cernak plays a heavily defensive style, and he's missed a couple of chunks of time this season due to injuries. He logged six hits, three blocked shots, two PIM and an assist in 18:33 of ice time prior to his injury Thursday. More information on his status should surface prior to Saturday's game against the Stars.

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  • Lightning's Erik Cernak: Returns to lineup Sunday

    Cernak (lower body) is off injured reserve and playing Sunday in New York, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports.

    Cernak hasn't played since exiting the Dec. 4 game with a lower-body injury but will make his return against the Rangers. The 24-year-old figures to skate on Tampa Bay's third defense pairing going forward.

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  • Lightning's Erik Cernak: Nearing return

    Cernak (lower body) has been skating and should return to the lineup soon, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports.

    Cernak has been on injured reserve since Dec. 17 with a lower-body injury. Injuries have limited the 24-year-old to 15 games this season, and he's recorded a goal and three assists.

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  • Lightning's Erik Cernak: On injured reserve

    Cernak (lower body) was placed on injured reserve Friday, per CapFriendly.

    Cernak was downgraded to week-to-week last Friday, and he's already been ruled out through the holiday break. The 24-year-old's move to injured reserve opens up a roster spot for the Lightning if they need to add a player from AHL Syracuse.

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  • Lightning's Erik Cernak: Facing extended absence

    Cernak (lower body) was downgraded to week-to-week and won't be back until after the Christmas break, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports.

    Considering Cernak has been on the shelf for three games already, he will almost certainly be placed on injured reserve in the coming days. It's the second extended injury absence for the blueliner this season, as he has been limited to just 15 games in which he tallied one goal, three assists and 34 shots.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-3, 230 lbs
Birthplace: Kosice, Slovakia
Age: 24
Experience: 3
Shoots: Right