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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.

January 8, 2020 02:48 PM
Lightning's Erik Cernak: Rare offensive burst
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cernak recorded a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 9-2 win over the Canucks.

The floodgates were open in Vancouver's crease, so Cernak -- who entered the game with just four points through 37 outings -- got in on the action. This production is rare for the 22-year-old, as Cernak is deployed in a defensive role, starting just 45.8 percent of his shifts in the offensive zone.

January 1, 2020 05:24 PM
Lightning's Erik Cernak: Logging heavy shutdown minutes
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cernak has just two assists in his last 10 games.

He's logging heavy shutdown minutes, but Cernak isn't known for offense. He does have 80 hits in 34 games, so maybe that helps -- but only in the deepest of specialty leagues. Otherwise, avoid Cernak.

December 5, 2019 11:16 PM
Lightning's Erik Cernak: Rare offensive outburst
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cernak scored a goal and added an assist in Thursday's 5-4 loss to the Wild.

Cernak hasn't produced like we thought he would following a strong 2018-19, but he has been solid in limited ice time. Still, there's no fantasy value here, at least right now.

December 1, 2019 12:08 AM
Lightning's Erik Cernak: Back from suspension
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cernak (suspension) will return from a two-game suspension to face the Hurricanes on Saturday, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports.

Cernak's suspension was for elbowing Rasmus Dahlin in Monday's win over Buffalo. Dahlin remains out indefinitely with a concussion. Cernak is returning at an opportune time since Brayden Coburn left Saturday's game with a lower-body injury. However, the 22-year-old's fantasy aptitude is negligible, as he's recorded just one point through 20 games.

November 26, 2019 06:40 PM
Lightning's Erik Cernak: Handed two-game suspension
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cernak has been suspended two games for elbowing Rasmus Dahlin during Monday's win over Buffalo.

Cernak wasn't called for a penalty on the play, but his elbow got up high on Dahlin, who suffered a concussion from the blow. He'll sit out Wednesday and Friday against the Blues and Capitals, respectively, before being eligible to return Saturday versus Carolina. Jan Rutta is expected to enter the lineup in his stead, although Braydon Coburn could return to the blue line after working with the forward corps lately.

November 25, 2019 11:48 PM
Lightning's Erik Cernak: Hearing set for Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cernak will have a hearing Tuesday after elbowing Rasmus Dahlin's (concussion) head during Monday's win over the Sabres.

Cernak crushed Dahlin with an elbow that went uncalled but resulted in Dahlin leaving the game and being diagnosed with a concussion. A suspension seems likely at this point. If that's the case, expect Jan Rutta or Braydon Coburn to replace him on the blue line.

November 1, 2019 06:52 PM
Lightning's Erik Cernak: Playing Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cernak (lower body) is back in action for Friday's game against the Islanders, Tampa Bay Lightning radio analyst Caley Chelios reports.

Cernak was a late scratch from Wednesday's lineup due to a lower-body issue, but his absence won't last beyond one game. While the blueliner will pair with Ryan McDonagh on Friday, Cernak's fantasy upside remains low considering he owns just one point through 11 games this season and he's not part of his team's power play.

November 1, 2019 12:56 PM
Lightning's Erik Cernak: Game-time call
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cernak will be a game-time decision for Friday night's matchup with the Islanders, Tampa Bay Lightning radio analyst Caley Chelios reports.

If Cernak's able to go, he'll likely replace Luke Schenn on the Lightning's top pairing against the Islanders. Confirmation on his status should arrive prior to puck drop.

October 30, 2019 06:56 PM
Lightning's Erik Cernak: Late scratch Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cernak (lower body) wasn't present for warmups and won't play Wednesday against the Devils, Erik Erlendsson of reports.

The Lightning will be missing their entire top blue-line pairing since Victor Hedman (lower body) is on IR. Cernak is mainly a defensive asset with zero points over the last 10 games, but he surprised last year with 10 points over the final 21 outings, including playoffs. Recently recalled defensemen Jan Rutta and Luke Schenn will both slot into the lineup.

October 31, 2019 11:32 AM
Lightning's Erik Cernak: In 10-game drought
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cernak has gone 10 games without a point.

Technically, he's not really an offensive player, but his all-round performance as a rookie last season made Cernak a darling of fans and team brass alike. He could see an uptick in offensive ice time if Victor Hedman's lower-body njury keeps him down long.

October 7, 2019 12:36 PM
Lightning's Erik Cernak: Munching big minutes
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cernak is playing big minutes paired with Ryan McDonagh on the Lightning's top shutdown pairing.

He's played more than 21:30 in two of the Bolts' first three games and has a goal to show for it. Cernak won't get power-play time, so any special teams points he'll get might be the shorthanded kind. He's a solid 25-point guy who'll be a fabulous friend to his goalie, but limited in fantasy value.

April 18, 2019 01:20 AM
Lightning's Erik Cernak: Best Bolts defender in playoffs
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cernak finished his first postseason with three assists in four games.

He was the best Bolts defender on the ice. That's heady praise for the rookie and it wasn't just because the rest of the blue line seemed like a shell of itself. Cernak played smart, poised hockey with great vision and a clear focus in his own zone. This guy is going to be a good one.

April 1, 2019 11:12 PM
Lightning's Erik Cernak: Punishing in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cernak went plus-1 and dished out six hits in Monday's win over the Senators.

The rookie is average offensively with 14 points through 55 games, but he is an excellent defensive asset with a plus-25 rating and 191 hits in that span. The 21-year-old is currently getting work on the top pairing since Victor Hedman (upper body) and Anton Stralman (lower body) are sitting out, but that workload likely won't continue into the postseason.

April 1, 2019 07:28 PM
Lightning's Erik Cernak: Suiting up Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cernak (undisclosed) will play in Ottawa on Monday.

Cernak was shaken up after fighting Washington's Tom Wilson on Saturday but his departure from the game appears to have mostly been precautionary. The rookie blueliner is currently stuck in a six-game scoring drought.

March 31, 2019 12:48 AM
Lightning's Erik Cernak: Going to be OK after injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cernak (undisclosed) did not return to Saturday's game.

He fought Tom Wilson at 12:13 of the third period. After the game, Lightning coach Jon Cooper said Cernak "is going to be OK." He won't need reevaluation, unlike teammate Victor Hedman, who left following a hit to the head.

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