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Lightning Round: Update on injuries

Oct 10, 2023; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning center Anthony Cirelli (71) skates with the puck as Nashville Predators center Yakov Trenin (13) defends during the first period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement Neitzel-USA TODAY Sports

While the Lightning haven’t been ravaged by injuries like some teams (looking at you Colorado) they have their fair share of dinged up players. The good news is that some of them should be back in the line-up fairly soon.

Andrei Vasilevskiy – prior to the homestand, Coach Cooper stated that the goalie is close to return, but would not play in the three-game homestand that ends on Wednesday against Winnipeg. That likely puts him into consideration for the Black Friday game in Carolina or against the Avalanche on the following Monday. Hang on just a little longer, folks.

Anthony Cirelli – The hard-working center was back on the ice Sunday at practice wearing a regular-colored sweater. He should be good to go today after missing the game against the Oilers on Saturday.

Luke Glendening – After scoring Saturday’s game-winning goal, Glendening had the day off of practice for a “maintenance day”. Expect him to be ready to go today as well.

Conor Sheary – Was week-to-week the last time we heard anything, but likely won’t be back before Thanksgiving.

Logan Brown – Still on injured reserve. Have heard nothing about his condition since he was placed on IR.

Lightning / NHL News

Interview with Ethan Hay [The Hockey News]

The 7th-round pick from this year’s draft hasn’t garnered too much interest from Lightning fans just yet, but the 18-year-old has 8 points in 11 games following his trade to Saginaw in October. Could he develop into yet another late-round steal for the Bolts?

Where should Ovechkin rank among the all-time greats? [Daily Faceoff]

Somewhere in the top 10 for me. Don’t ask me who the other nine are because I’m sure I’ll forget a player and people will get big mad.

Patrik Laine scratched for Blue Jackets game against the Flyers [Columbus Dispatch]

The Laine Experience in Columbus has been really weird. He’s recorded 132 points in 165 games over 4 seasons, but on the other hand, he’s only played in 165 games over 4 seasons. The first healthy scratch of his career comes during a slump where he has just one goal over the last five games.

“Play the system. Stick to the plan.” Regular season Kuch interviews are the best. The man is paid to put up points and win games, not answer questions.

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