It’s been a week since Nick Paul last skated for the Tampa Bay Lightning. He’s missed their last two games, both victories, as he recovers from an undisclosed injury that he suffered in the contest against the San Jose Sharks. On Monday, there was some positive news as he was on the ice with the team at practice as they prepared for their contest against the Colorado Avalanche.
I believe all of the #Bolts — including Nick Paul — are on the ice for practice— Gabby Shirley (@Gabby_Shirley_) February 13, 2023
Paul did appear in the morning skate prior to the Lightning’s win in Dallas on Saturday so whatever is ailing him isn’t major enough to keep him off the ice. Coach Cooper also indicated that he was hopeful his third-line center would be back during this trip. Tonight against the Avalanche would be an opportune time for him to cycle back into the line-up.
Paul has been a valuable player this year, matching his career high in goals with 16, which he set last year, and trailing his career mark in points by just 6. His scoring has taken a bit of a dip since dropping to the third line when Anthony Cirelli returned from his injury, as he’s only posted 3 goals at even strength in the last 27 games.
If he can regain his scoring touch down the stretch, it will help the Lightning solidify their place in the playoffs as they start the night just two points behind the Toronto Maple Leafs for the second spot in the Atlantic Division.
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Question of the Practice: Which #Bolts shot shattered that skinny piece of glass? pic.twitter.com/NP2TNOnoBr— Gabby Shirley (@Gabby_Shirley_) February 13, 2023
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These special jerseys for the Montreal Canadiens are pretty sweet:
The Habs jerseys for Black History Month look beautiful ♥️— /r/Habs (@HabsOnReddit) February 13, 2023
They are designed by a local Montreal artist of Haitian descent, Franco Égalité.
They’ll be worn tomorrow night during the pre-game warmups. pic.twitter.com/9P2TCgg8hH
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Artemi Panarin (@NYRangers), Erik Karlsson (@SanJoseSharks) and Clayton Keller (@ArizonaCoyotes) – who all recently participated in the 2023 Honda #NHLAllStar Weekend – have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Feb. 12.#NHLStats: https://t.co/4ScvPKGRT1 pic.twitter.com/OwbiEWvwWW— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) February 13, 2023