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.
Palat dished out an assist in Tuesday's win over the Jets.
Palat got the Lightning rolling with an assist to Yanni Gourde just 1:34 into regulation. However, he's facing some offensive troubles of his own, as Palat now has 18 straight games without a goal. He's on a line with Gourde and Steven Stamkos, so that's bound to change at some point.
Palat's two assists Saturday in a 3-0 win over Montreal extended his current point streak to three games and five points, all assists.
It had taken him five games to shake off the rust from his last injury, but Palat is now showing off the talent that made him one of the darlings of the Triplet Line from 2014-15. He can help you in your stretch run.
Palat (upper body) delivered two assists in a 6-0 win over the Stars on Thursday night.
Palat missed two games with the injury but was back to his solid, two-way play in his return. He has been sadly affected by injury this season, playing in just 40 games so far. And his production (23 points) is below his draft position and his line assignment. But Palat can help in deep formats as long as he stays away from the infirmary.
Palat (upper body) will play Thursday versus Dallas, Erik Erlendsson of LightningInsider.com reports.
Making his return following a two-game absence, Palat will skate on Tampa's top line, alongside Steven Stamkos and Tyler Johnson.
Head coach Jon Cooper said Wednesday that Palat (upper body) could suit up in Thursday's game against the visiting Stars, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports.
Cooper also said Palat will skate in practice Thursday before a call is made. The 27-year-old has been solid, racking up 21 points in 39 games this campaign. If Palat suits up, he'll most likely assume his normal second-line role and power-play time, causing a decrease in minutes for Anthony Cirelli.
Palat (upper body) will not suit up in Tuesday's game against the Flames, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports.
The 27-year-old was unable to suit up in Sunday's game against Florida, and will be out of the lineup for this one as well. Palat is still considered day-to-day and will likely be closely monitored. Danick Martel will continue to draw into the lineup at wing and Anthony Cirelli will likely continue to see an uptick in power-play time with Palat out.
Palat (upper body) will not play in Sunday's road game against the Panthers, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports.
It's unclear when the 27-year-old was dinged up, and Palat is deemed day-to-day with an upper-body injury. The Lightning will miss their crafty first-line winger, as Palat is up to 21 points in 39 games this campaign. With Palat out, Adam Erne or Anthony Cirelli could be in line for an uptick in power-play time.
Palat bagged an assist in Sunday's 5-1 loss to the Islanders.
Limited to 30 games in 2018-19, Palat has still managed 18 points despite missing an extended stretch of games earlier in the season. The assist gives him points in three straight games. It's also worth noting that Palat recorded a team-high seven shots on goal. Next up is a road contest in Dallas, and Palat stands a good chance to find the scoresheet. In nine career games versus the Stars, the Czech-born forward has recorded 12 points.
Palat notched a pair of helpers versus the Jets on Sunday.
Since returning from a 16-game stint on the sidelines, Palat has tallied seven points in his last nine outings, including two on the power play. The Czech winger should still challenge for the 40-point mark despite his lengthy absence -- especially if he continues to slot in alongside Steven Stamkos on the Lightning's top line.
Palat scored twice Saturday in a 7-1 win over Colorado.
These were his first two goals of the season. Palat has played 15 games, so this was a long time coming. His fantasy value is tied to his health and that's often a tough challenge. Palat can't stay on the ice most seasons and has missed time every season for the last five. Roll the dice on him, but be prepared to either bench him or send him to the wire.
Palat (lower body) will make his return to the lineup versus Buffalo on Thursday.
Palat has been out of action since Oct. 23, a stretch of 16 games on the sidelines. The winger had yet to find the back of the net this season prior to getting hurt, but did rack up five helpers in those first nine contests. The Czech is expected to slot into a fourth-line role with Adam Erne (illness) unavailable.
Palat (lower body) is doing well in his recovery but must improve his conditioning, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports.
Palat has missed 15 games with a lower-body injury but seems to be inching closer to a return to action considering the increase in his activity level over the past few days. Meanwhile, Tampa hasn't really missed a beat since the 27-year-old went down, going 10-5-0. That said, the Czech-born winger will certainly be a welcomed boost when he does return.
Palat (lower body) practiced with the Lightning on Sunday, Erik Erlendsson of LightningInsider.com reports.
Palat appears to be inching closer to a return, although he didn't work on either power play. The 27-year-old forward will miss his 15th straight game Sunday versus the Ducks, but the Lightning's offense has produced without Palat, averaging 3.9 goals per game in his absence. Palat's return will certainly add depth and a physical tough to the top-nine.
Palat (lower body) will not play Friday evening against the Blackhawks, Erik Erlendsson of LightningInsider.com reports.
Palat will miss a 14th consecutive game. The Czech skater is a perennial special teams contributor, but the Bolts still rank in the top half of the league on both the power play (fifth, 28.8 percent) and penalty kill (14th, 80.5) despite his extended absence.
Palat (lower body) is listed on injured reserve, according to the NHL's official media site.
Palat isn't expected to return until some point in early December. The Bolts have compensated for the wily winger's absence by giving more playing time to the likes of Alex Killorn and Yanni Gourde, plus rookie Danick Martel made his season debut at the top level Saturday against the Senators.
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