Rutta scored a goal on four shots in Friday's 6-3 win over the Canadiens in Game 3.
A cross-ice pass from Ondrej Palat set up Rutta at the right-wing wall for the opening tally just 1:52 into the contest. In 21 playoff contests, Rutta has mainly served as a defensive presence on a pairing with Victor Hedman. The Czech blueliner has just three points, 20 shots on net, 24 hits and 14 blocked shots, though two of his points have come in the last two games.
Rutta (undisclosed) had three blocks and one shot Wednesday in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Islanders in Game 6.
Rutta was forced to leave Game 5 early but showed no ill effects Wednesday, logging just under 18 minutes of ice time in Game 6, including a team-leading 3:00 on the penalty kill. Rutta has one goal and 14 shots in 17 postseason contests.
Coach Jon Cooper said Rutta (undisclosed) will suit up in Wednesday's Game 6 against the Islanders, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.
Rutta left Monday's victory with an undisclosed issue, but as evidenced by this news, the injury wasn't considered serious. The 30-year-old has played all 16 games this playoffs, and he's contributed just one goal, 14 shots, 18 hits and 10 blocks over that span.
Lightning head coach Jon Cooper did not have an update on Rutta's status after Monday's Game 5 victory against the Islanders, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports.
Rutta took a crosscheck to the face from Mathew Barzal late in the second period and only saw one shift in the third. Erik Cernak (undisclosed) was a late scratch for Monday's contest, so it's possible that the Lightning will be down two blueliners for Game 6 on Wednesday. Rutta has one goal and a plus-1 rating through 16 games this postseason.
Rutta scored a goal on three shots Tuesday in a 4-2 win over the Islanders in Game 2.
Rutta gave the Lightning a 3-1 lead just 2:16 into the third period, picking the top corner with a one-timer from the right point. It was Rutta's first career playoff goal and his first point in 13 games in this postseason.
Rutta (lower body) is expected to suit up for Monday's game against Florida, Erik Erlendsson of LightningInsider.com reports.
Rutta has appeared in just one game since the start of April while dealing with a lower-body issue. The 30-year-old blueliner has eight assists in 34 games this season.
Rutta (lower body) won't play Saturday against Florida, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports.
Rutta will sit out along with Victor Hedman (lower body) and Ryan McDonagh (upper body), as the Lightning will err on the side of caution with their defensemen with the postseason around the corner. Don't be surprised to see these guys scratched for Monday's finale as well.
Rutta (lower body) will be activated off injured reserve and return to the lineup for Friday's game versus Dallas, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports.
Rutta will likely slot into a bottom-four role for Friday's contest following his 18-game absence. He's picked up eight helpers through 33 games this season.
Rutta (lower body) was on the ice in a regular jersey for Tuesday's practice, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports.
Rutta has missed Tampa Bay's last 17 games with a lower-body issue, but his presence on the ice Tuesday suggests he could get a game or two in before the regular season comes to a close Monday versus Florida. He's notched eight points through 33 contests this season.
Rutta (lower body) was placed on long-term injured reserve Saturday, per CapFriendly.
Rutta won't be eligible to return until April 25 versus the Blue Jackets at the earliest. He has yet to resume skating, so there is no timeline for the defenseman's return. The Lightning will have less of a need to get him back in the lineup after trading for David Savard on Saturday.
Rutta (lower body) was placed on injured reserve Thursday, per CapFriendly.
Rutta was described by head coach Jon Cooper as being steps back from returning. With Rutta's placement on IR, he won't be eligible to return until Sunday versus the Red Wings, but it's far from a lock that he'll be ready then.
According to coach Jon Cooper, Rutta (lower body) is "steps back" from returning, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports.
Rutta suffered a lower-body injury during Tuesday's loss to Columbus and appears poised to miss additional time as a result. Luckily for the Lightning, Ryan McDonagh (lower body) could be ready to return to the lineup for Thursday's rematch with the Blue Jackets.
Rutta (lower body) won't return to Tuesday's game versus the Blue Jackets.
Rutta was hurt during the second period, and he was ruled out at the start of the third. It's unclear how he got injured, but the Lightning will have to finish Tuesday's contest with five defensemen. Rutta joins Ryan McDonagh and Erik Cernak among the Lightning's injured blueliners, which could leave them a bit thin for Thursday's rematch with the Jackets.
Rutta posted an assist, five shots on goal and two hits in Thursday's 4-3 loss to the Stars.
Rutta saw a season-high 22:55 of ice time as the Lightning were missing both Ryan McDonagh and Erik Cernak to lower-body injuries Thursday. The increased role allowed Rutta to snap his nine-game point drought. The Czech defenseman has just seven helpers, 45 shots on net, 25 hits, 25 blocked shots and a plus-13 rating in 31 contests. He's matched his point production from last year in two fewer appearances.
Rutta (lower body) is skating next to Victor Hedman on the team's top defensive pairing Tuesday against Detroit, Erik Erlendsson of LightningInsider.com reports.
Rutta reportedly wouldn't be playing Tuesday, but evidently he feels better after having sat out the last two games with the injury. The 30-year-old has recorded just six assists in 21 games this season while averaging a modest 15:50 of ice time.
Rutta (lower body) is on the ice for warmups ahead of Tuesday's game against Detroit and appears set to play, Erik Erlendsson of LightningInsider.com reports.
Rutta was ruled out earlier in the day for the meeting with the Red Wings, but it seems that he might be good to go, after all. There's still a chance he could be a healthy scratch, but the fact Rutta is dressed and taking a twirl suggests he's over his injury.
Rutta (lower body) won't play Tuesday against Detroit, but he could return for Thursday's rematch with the Red Wings, NHL.com reports.
Rutta will miss a third straight game Tuesday, but he's clearly closing in on a return to the lineup. The 30-year-old rearguard has notched six helpers through 21 contests this season.
Head coach Jon Cooper said Monday that he's "hopeful" Rutta (lower body) will play in Tuesday's game versus the Blackhawks, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports.
Cooper that Erik Cernak (upper body) is closer to returning than Rutta, who has missed the last two games. The 30-year-old Rutta averaged 15:50 of ice time before this injury, generating six assists, 29 shots on net and 19 hits.
Rutta (lower body) won't play in Sunday's game versus the Blackhawks, per the NHL's official media site.
Rutta will miss a second straight game as he recovers from a lower-body injury. The 30-year-old has posted six assists and 19 hits through the first 21 games. Luke Schenn will be promoted to the active roster to take Rutta's place in the lineup.
Rutta (lower body) will not be available for Friday's tilt with Chicago, Erik Erlendsson of LightningInsider.com reports.
Rutta has tallied four assists and a strong plus-10 rating over the last nine games. He's considered day-to-day, so he'll be questionable for Sunday's rematch with the Blackhawks. Erik Cernak is expected to replace him Friday.
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|07/07||vs MON||W 1-0||0||0||0||0||14:17|
|07/05||@ MON||L 2-3 (OT)||0||0||0||-1||14:59|
|07/02||@ MON||W 6-3||1||0||1||+1||16:00|
|06/30||vs MON||W 3-1||0||1||1||+1||16:18|
|06/28||vs MON||W 5-1||0||0||0||+1||14:26|
|06/25||vs NYI||W 1-0||0||0||0||0||15:08|
|06/23||@ NYI||L 2-3 (OT)||0||0||0||0||17:45|
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