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81 Erik Cernak D

Tampa Bay Lightning

Fantasy Stats
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Key Stats
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Player Updates

February 27, 2021 11:20 AM
Lightning's Erik Cernak: Good to go
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cernak (lower body) is expected to play Saturday against Dallas, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports.

Cernak exited Thursday's win over Carolina with a lower-body injury, but he'll slot into his usual spot on Tampa Bay's second pairing Saturday. He's tallied four assists in 16 games this season.

February 25, 2021 09:12 PM
Lightning's Erik Cernak: Exits with injury Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cernak (lower body) won't return to Thursday's game versus the Hurricanes, Caley Chelios of the Lightning's official site reports.

Cernak was injured on a blocked shot in the second period of the contest. He hobbled to the bench and went into the locker room early and did not return at the start of the third period. The 23-year-old plays a mostly defensive role for the Lightning. If Cernak misses time, Luke Schenn would likely enter the lineup in a similar second-pairing role.

February 8, 2021 11:36 PM
Lightning's Erik Cernak: Ends six-game point drought
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cernak registered an assist, three shots on goal, three blocked shots and a plus-3 rating in Monday's 4-1 win over the Predators.

Cernak's assist on Anthony Cirelli's first-period tally snapped a six-game point drought for the former. The 23-year-old Cernak also missed two games with an upper-body injury in that stretch. The Slovakian blueliner has just two assists this season, but he's added a plus-8 rating, 16 shots on net, 11 hits and 12 blocked shots through eight appearances. He's typically more of a defense-first player, so there's not much fantasy appeal with Cernak.

February 1, 2021 11:24 PM
Lightning's Erik Cernak: Returns to action
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cernak was plus-1 with two shots and two blocks while adding four PIM in Monday's 5-2 win over Nashville.

Cernak (upper body) was out of the lineup for the previous two games but returned to log 15:42 of ice time, including minimal time on both specialty teams units. The big defenseman has one assist with a plus-5 rating through five games.

February 1, 2021 06:44 PM
Lightning's Erik Cernak: Expected to play Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cernak (upper body) took part in warmups and is expected to suit up against the Predators on Monday, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports.

Cernak missed the last two games with his upper-body issue but he should be back in action Monday. The 6-foot-3 blueliner has one assist in four games this season. He's expected to be in a top-four role alongside Ryan McDonagh.

February 1, 2021 11:16 AM
Lightning's Erik Cernak: Participates in morning skate
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cernak (upper body) skated with the team during Monday's morning practice, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports.

Cernak could return for Monday's home matchup against the Predators, but he'll likely need to be evaluated after practice. The 23-year-old provides little offensive upside for fantasy managers. However, he's a strong stay-at-home defender who can handle big minutes on the blue line.

January 30, 2021 03:36 PM
Lightning's Erik Cernak: Remains unavailable
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cernak (upper body) won't play Saturday against the Predators, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports.

While Cernak won't play Saturday, he was on the ice for morning skate and could rejoin Tampa Bay's lineup as soon as Monday's rematch with Nashville. The 23-year-old blueliner has picked up one helper through four games this campaign.

January 28, 2021 12:44 PM
Lightning's Erik Cernak: Won't play Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cernak (upper body) isn't expected to play Thursday against the Hurricanes, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports.

Luke Schenn will replace Cernak in Tampa Bay's top four for Thursday's contest. The 23-year-old blueliner will be reevaluated ahead of Saturday's game versus Nashville.

January 26, 2021 01:20 AM
Lightning's Erik Cernak: Dealing with upper-body injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cernak is considered day-to-day after sustaining an upper-body injury against Columbus on Saturday.

Fortunately for Cernak, Tuesday's matchup with Carolina was postponed, which could give him extra time to get back to 100 percent before Thursday. In four games this season, the 23-year-old defenseman has garnered one assist, eight shots and four blocks while averaging 16:32 of ice time. If Cernak can't play Thursday, it would likely mean an uptick in minutes for Cal Foote.

January 23, 2021 08:00 PM
Lightning's Erik Cernak: Suffers injury Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cernak (undisclosed) will not return to Saturday's game against the Blue Jackets, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports.

Cernak exited Saturday's game after falling awkwardly into the boards in the first period. At this point, the specific nature and severity of Cernak's issue remains unknown, but another update on his status should surface prior to Tuesday's game versus Carolina.

January 8, 2021 12:40 PM
Lightning's Erik Cernak: Makes training camp debut
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cernak (undisclosed) is on the ice for Friday's practice, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports.

Cernak missed the first four days of camp while quarantining, but he should still have enough time to get up to speed ahead of Wednesday's season opener against the Blackhawks. The 23-year-old blueliner registered 12 points, 125 shots on goal and 59 PIM in 67 games last campaign.

January 4, 2021 12:04 PM
Lightning's Erik Cernak: Still quarantining
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cernak was hung up on visa issues and won't be able to join the team until Thursday, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports.

Cernak had immigration issues and is now going through mandatory quarantine. As long as he continues to test negative for COVID-19, Cernak will join the team at practice Thursday. The 23-year-old blueliner should slot into a top-four role this season, but with minimal power-play usage and just 12 points over 67 games last year, Cernak carries little fantasy value.

December 22, 2020 04:16 PM
Lightning's Erik Cernak: Signs three-year deal
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cernak signed a three-year, $8.85 million contract with the Lightning on Tuesday.

Cernak was a regular in the lineup for Tampa Bay last season, notching 12 points while firing 125 shots on goal in 67 contests. The 23-year-old blueliner wasn't afraid to use his 6-foot-3 frame to his advantage, either, racking up 59 PIM, 172 hits and 97 blocked shots. Cernak should get plenty of ice time in Tampa Bay's top four this season, but he has very little offensive upside, so he'll really only have modest fantasy value in leagues that reward hits, blocks and PIM.

September 18, 2020 12:00 AM
Lightning's Erik Cernak: Gathers helper
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cernak had an assist, four shots on goal, three hits and two blocked shots in a 2-1 overtime win over the Islanders in Thursday's Game 6.

Cernak's shot attempt in the first period generated a rebound that Victor Hedman buried for the Lightning's first goal. Later in the contest, Cernak had a scary moment when he took a puck off the back of his head or neck, but he didn't miss any time. The Slovak has four helpers, 49 hits, 48 blocked shots and 27 shots on net through 19 contests.

September 12, 2020 12:44 AM
Lightning's Erik Cernak: Notches assist
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cernak posted an assist in Friday's 5-3 loss to the Islanders in Game 3.

Cernak's shot attempt was tipped in by Tyler Johnson in the third period for the Lightning's third goal. The assist was Cernak's third in 16 playoff outings, all of which have come in the last nine games. The blueliner has added 38 blocked shots and 37 hits in the postseason in a mostly defensive role.

February 25, 2020 12:16 PM
Lightning's Erik Cernak: In against Toronto
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

February 24, 2020 06:20 PM
Lightning's Erik Cernak: Game-time call Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

February 22, 2020 10:08 PM
Lightning's Erik Cernak: Exits early Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

February 1, 2020 08:08 PM
Lightning's Erik Cernak: Goals in consecutive games
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

January 30, 2020 02:56 AM
Lightning's Erik Cernak: Buries game-winning goal
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

Last 7 Games
DateOpponentResultGAPTS+/-TOI
03/02@ DALW 2-0000+122:00
02/27vs DALW 5-0000020:49
02/25vs CARW 3-1000-18:24
02/24vs CARW 3-0000021:36
02/22@ CARW 4-2011021:48
02/20@ CARL 0-4000-218:36
02/15vs FLAL 4-6011019:01
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Career Stats
SeasonteamGPGAPTS+/-PPSHGWFWFL
2020-21TB1844500000
2019-20TB6757121100100
2018-19TB58511162510100
Total1431022324110200
More Career Stats
SeasonteamGPSOGS%TOI/GSHIFTSPPTOISHTOIPIMMJRMSCMNR
2020-21TB18350.018:304151.3253.5510005
2019-20TB671254.018:5715548.77197.37591217
2018-19TB581074.719:1414164:55137:52582214
Total1432673.719:00338515:00388:471273436
 

Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-4/225
Birthdate:
05/28/1997
Age:
23
Hometown:
Kosice, Slovakia
Team:
Tampa Bay Lightning
School:

NHL Experience:
2