Yesterday the Tampa Bay Lightning reassigned defenceman Darren Raddysh to the Syracuse Crunch. The older brother of Lightning forward Taylor Raddysh has played in four games with the Bolts this season including the two last games.
This might be an indication that Erik Cernak, who hasn’t played the entire previous month due to a lower body injury, could be finally ready for return. Earlier Lightning head coach Jon Cooper already mentioned that they’re hopeful that the Slovak defenceman could play before the end of the three-game road trip, which ends next Tuesday with a game against the New Jersey Devils. Cernak has been struggling with injuries during the past two seasons: this season he already missed 27 games due to various injuries, while during the 2020-21 regular season he had been sidelined for ten games.
Cernak’s return would also allow Mikhail Sergachev to return to his more natural position — on the left side of the third pair with Cal Foote. Even without Cernak, the right side of the Lightning’s defence has been pretty solid this season. Overall the team’s blueline ranks fourth in the whole league in expected goals against at 5v5.
5v5 Team Defence (Expected Goals Against) Rankings - February 12 pic.twitter.com/v63iLOMyoT— JFresh (@JFreshHockey) February 12, 2022
Another Tampa Bay’s defenceman Zach Bogosian remains in week-to-week category. Earlier he was placed on LTIR retroactive to January 15. After next week’s game against the Devils, the Lightning will have another eight-day break before the next game.
The Syracuse Crunch couldn’t get revenge against the Laval Rocket, losing to them in a second consecutive game 5-1.
Hudon gets us on the board! pic.twitter.com/Is1lgdKgRb— Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) February 12, 2022
The Orlando Solar Bears didn’t manage to earn a win either on Saturday night, losing 2-1 to the Florida Everblades.
The Ottawa Senators prospect Jake Sanderson suffered an undisclosed injury during the over Canada at the Olympics and listed as day-to-day.
Jake Sanderson suffered an undisclosed injury in the USA's win over Canada at the Olympics.https://t.co/hZ2drBxaRG— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) February 12, 2022
Finland defeated Sweden 4-3 in overtime, hurting the Canadians’ chances to advance to the quarterfinals directly in Beijing.
The Canadian men's hockey team's chances of advancing directly to the quarterfinals suffered a big blow when Finland rallied for a 4-3 overtime win over Sweden at the Beijing Olympics on Sunday.https://t.co/L30lrBRlFQ— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) February 13, 2022
Team ROC suffered their first loss at the Olympics, losing to Czech Republic 6-5 in overtime.