Brayden Point has dealt with a lingering leg injury during the Stanley Cup playoffs. And with the Lightning facing a 2-0 deficit, his absence would be pivotal.
Point missed much of Tampa Bay’s Stanley Cup run due to a lower-body injury sustained in Game 7 against the Maple Leafs in the first round of the playoffs. He made his return in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Avalanche on June 15 and appeared in Game 2, logging at least 16 minutes in both contests.
The center is a crucial part of the Lightning’s core, and losing him for Game 3 would be a major loss.
Here’s the latest on Point.
Brayden Point injury updates
Despite playing in both of the first games of the series, Point was not on the ice for warmups ahead of Game 3, signaling that he will not play in the contest.
Earlier in the day, Lightning coach Jon Cooper told reporters on Monday that Point was a game-time decision, according to The Athletic’s Joe Smith. He also missed the morning skate.
Brayden Point is game time decision, Jon Cooper said.
— Joe Smith (@JoeSmithTB) June 20, 2022
Though Cooper did not say what exactly the injury was, it stands to reason that it is likely due to the same leg injury he sustained against the Maple Leafs.
During the first period of that Game 7 clash, Point’s right leg gave out, and he fell to the ice and clutched his hip. He missed the entirety of the Lightning’s playoff series against the Panthers and Rangers before returning for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.
Point led the Lightning with 14 goals in the 2020 and 2021 Stanley Cup playoff runs.
Who will replace Point if he can’t play?
Riley Nash stepped up with some extra minutes against the Rangers, and he’ll be asked to do so again against the Avalanche. Brandon Hagel had been moved up to the wing with Anthony Cirelli and Alex Killorn.
When is Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final?
- Date: Monday, June 20
- Time: 8 p.m. ET | 6 p.m. MDT
The third game of the Stanley Cup Final will take place at 8 p.m. ET.
What channel is Lightning vs. Avalanche on today?
- U.S. TV: ABC
- U.S. live stream: ESPN+ | fuboTV
- Canada TV: Sportsnet | CBC | TVA Sports
- Canada live stream: SN NOW
ABC will carry the broadcast of the third matchup in the U.S., while viewers in Canada can see the game in English on Sportsnet and CBC and in French on TVA Sports.
Fans in the U.S. can live stream Avalanche vs. Lightning with ESPN+, the ESPN app, or fuboTV. Canadian viewers can stream Sportsnet on SN NOW.