Ondrej Palat Injury: Updates on Lightning Star's Lower Body and Return

Daniel Kramer@dkramer_Featured Columnist

Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat (18) shoots against the Detroit Red Wings in the third period of an NHL hockey game in Detroit Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat suffered a lower-body injury in Saturday’s game against the Minnesota Wild and will be out for at least three weeks.

Palat suffered the injury when Wild right winger Nino Niederreiter landed on his leg.

Continue for updates.

Palat Ruled Out for 3-5 Weeks

Monday, Nov. 9

The Lightning confirmed Palat's absence but did not specify the injury, continuing to call it a lower-body injury.

Palat's Absence Further Weakens Struggling Lightning Offense

Palat, the team’s alternate captain, has two goals and five assists in 16 games this season. The defending Eastern Conference champion Lightning are 7-7-2 and rank 22nd in the league with 2.38 goals per game, well off their 3.16 mark from a year ago.

The team's well-chronicled scoring slump could continue if Palat’s injury turns out to be as serious as it looked. And that’s not good news for a team that entered the season hoping to rebound from last year’s Stanley Cup Final loss.