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Lightning Round: Barclay Goodrow out “indefinitely” with an injury

That is less than ideal timing.

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Timing is everything in life and hockey, and right now the injury bug is picking a pretty bad time to infest the Tampa Bay Lightning’s roster. First, it was Victor Hedman, Ryan McDonagh, and Jan Rutta missing Saturday’s game against the Florida Panthers. Now you can add Barclay Goodrow to list of the walking wounded for the Lightning. On Sunday (right around the same time the league announced Patrick Maroon was suspended a game), the Lightning dropped the Goodrow injury news:

That was the extent of the information so speculating on when it happened really does us no good, but we can assume it probably happened at some point against the Panthers. Goodrow did fight Noel Acciari at the 17:17 mark of the third (after Acciari had almost put him all the way into the bench):

We won’t know until after the playoffs how bad he is hurt right now, but since it was announced so early, it’s probably not a great sign for him coming back against Florida. So, that’s not great.

Without Goodrow, Coach Cooper’s most reliable and leaned upon line will have to be shaken up a bit. Of course, it also opens up a spot that wouldn’t have been available with Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov returning to the line-up. It wouldn’t be surprising to see Tyler Johnson slide down to that spot or Mathieu Joseph slide up to cover. Having a deep roster of forwards really helps out in this case.

Last season the Lightning were relatively healthy heading into the playoffs, a three-month pause will help with that, as Stamkos was the only one heading into the bubble with an injury. Victor Hedman bummed up his ankle during the exhibition round, but other than that they were pretty much okay.

The same can’t be said for this season as Goodrow joins a list of players that are going to be dealing with an injury, or a return from an injury right from the get go. Stamkos and Kucherov are the headliners, but whatever is ailing Hedman and Ryan McDonagh could be just as problematic. That’s now five pretty important players that have known injuries, we haven’t talked about the players that are dealing with issues that we haven’t heard about, you now, the usual wear and tear that builds up during a regular season.

Of course, the Lightning aren’t the only team in this situation, and complaining about it does no good, so they will just have to go out and do their best with the players they have available. They have a pretty good final line of defense in Andrei Vasilevskiy, and a hot goaltender can make up for a lot of bad play. At least it gives us something to talk about though, right?

Lightning Links

Patrick Maroon suspended one game

After all of the shenanigans that went on in that game, Maroon was the only one who gets an extra day off. Whatever. He broke the rule and the NHL took the opportunity to enforce it. Good for them.

Did Saturday set the tone for the playoffs?

Well, we’ve always wanted a Florida/Tampa Bay playoff match-up, right? Why not have one that actually turns this into a rivalry? I’m putting the over/under on hits that cause a ruckus on Twitter at.....5.5.

Varied thoughts from The Athletic

Joe Smith tackles a bunch of topics from Victor Hedman’s injury to David Savard’s effectiveness.

Hockey Highlights

John Tortorella’s legacy in Columbus is complicated

While he’ll always be adored in Tampa for bringing the Lightning their first Cup, and because he was run out by OK Hockey, things aren’t so cut-and-dried in Columbus. Yes, he took them to new heights in the postseason (they actually won a series) but he also saw a lot of talent head out of town. While that wasn’t always his fault, some of the blame does have to rest on his shoulders.

Rick Tocchet parts ways with Arizona

Tough day to be a former Tampa Bay Lightning head coach (anyone check on Guy Boucher?). Tocchet took over head coaching duties prior to the 2017-18 season and leaves with a 125-131-34 record. Should he have been better? Should he have been worse? I don’t know, Arizona is a weird organization.

Auston Matthews hits the 40-goal mark

Some (not me) will say that is more impressive than Connor McDavid getting to 100 points this season. Can’t we all agree that both feats can be impressive at the same time?

Alex Ovechkin invests in NWSL’s Washington Spirit

Inspired by his mother, a two-time Olympian, Ovi is investing in a local franchise.

“It was also important for me to support the D.C. community. I support everybody in this town. Me and my wife love to go watch a soccer game, watch football, and baseball. We all win. If I have this opportunity, I think it’s very important for me to do it, because it also shows we care.”

The Dream Gap Tour is heading to Canada

After watching US-based teams play in three stops in the States (New York, Chicago, and St. Louis) three teams from Canada will get a chance to compete as the PWHPA will head to Calgary at the end of May. Montreal, Toronto, and Calgary will see their teams play from May 24th-30th.