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Lightning Round: How serious is Erik Cernak’s injury?

Will Andreas Borgman finally make a debut for the Lightning in his absence?

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During the last game against the Carolina Hurricanes, the Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Erik Cernak left the ice early in the second period after blocking a shot on the penalty kill and didn’t return for the rest of the game. It’s not the first time this season Erik Cernak couldn’t finish the game due to injury, earlier he sustained an injury during the game against the Columbus Blue Jackets and missed two games. So far the team has not released any update on the status of the player and Cernak remains day-to-day with a lower body injury and is questionable for tonight’s game against the Dallas Stars.

However yesterday, the Syracuse Crunch recalled defeneseman Devante Stephens, which might be an indication that the Lighting could bring another defensemen to their taxi squad. Currently the Lightning have six defenseman on their active roster (given that Erik Cernak is injured) and one on the taxi squad (Andreas Borgman). Borgman hasn’t played a single game so far for the Lightning since signing a deal last October, although Jon Cooper has been mentioning many times that he will definitely get a chance.

If Cernak’s out, the Lightning will potentially replace him with Luke Schenn, who hasn’t played since the last Monday. During the last Cernak’s absence, Scheen had seen the highest ice-time of this season, playing around 13-15 minutes per game, despite rarely reaching the 10-minute mark in other games. Another possibility for the Lightning is bringing up Borgman to equally distribute Erik Cernak’s ice time between him, Cal Foote and Luke Schenn, while running a 11/7 roster.

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