NHL Injuries: Brayden Point doubtful for Bolts, Barclay Goodrow possible for Rangers, and more
Brayden Point is officially listed as doubtful for Game 1 against the Florida Panthers after suffering a lower-body injury Saturday night during Tampa’s Game 7 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Point fell awkwardly on his leg early in the contest and appeared to be in excruciating pain. He tried to play in the second period but after a brief 25 second shift was seen visibly upset on the bench.
Brayden Point doubtful for Game 1 of Panthers series
“He gave it a go,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper updated afterwards. “He was not going to the room. He was going to stay on the bench the whole time, but he couldn’t go.”
If Point can’t play in this series the Lightning will be missing a key offensive weapon. The 26 year-old had 4 points against Toronto and is considered day-to-day.
Last season he was an absolute monster for the Lightning in their successful title defense posting 23 points in 23 games.
For the 2021-22 regular season he recorded 28 goals and 30 assists in 66 games.
Barclay Goodrow possible for Rangers
The New York Rangers were able to defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins in 7 games without Barclay Goodrow.
Things are about to get much harder against a far superior and grittier Carolina Hurricanes team. It’s a matchup that desperately calls for a player like Goodrow, who was lost after Game 1 to what head coach Gerard Gallant labeled as week-to-week with a lower-body injury.
“He’s still the same,” Rangers coach Gerard Gallant said. “He hasn’t skated yet but we’re not counting him out for this series. He’s not going to start the first couple of games but we’ll see how it goes.”
Goodrow, 29, had a great first season with the Rangers after a trade and sign in the summer. In 79 games, he recorded 13 goals, 20 assists, for 33 points. All are career highs.
Other notable injuries
Calgary Flames: Christopher Tanev (lower-body) is day-to-day
Carolina Hurricanes: Frederik Andersen (lower-body) and Jordan Martinook (lower-body) remain day-to-day
Colorado Avalanche: Andrew Cogliano (upper-body) is day-to-day
Florida Panthers: Mason Marchment (lower-body) is day-to-day
St. Louis Blues: Marco Scandella (lower-body) and Torey Krug (lower-body) are day-to-day