He was missing for nine games. Thank goodness, that the team did well without him in the lineup. Kudos to ANDREI VASILEVSKIY for having a deep team.
He and Travis Hamonic returned to the lineup tonight, as Matt Donovan returned to the sidelines. #46 played admirably with the others being out of the lineup.
Michael Grabner is on the IR retroactive to Dec. 13. Do not expect him back before the New Year.
Brian Strait returned to the team, but is out of the lineup as well. He is at a team low -8.
Tampa will come east to face the Isles, after a loss in the Shootout to the Devils.
YES, the DEVILS! Holy jumping crap – New Jersey won their second shootout in their last 24 times.
Will be see Nabokov – or will the Isles face Andrei Vasilevskiy, the Lightning number 1 pick from a couple of years ago. He won his first NHL outing, and could get the test.
The big question is will the Isles put Chad Johnson in net tomorrow night. Halak has nothing short of brilliant, but he will need to get a blow or two before the big seven game western road trip.
We will see what happens tomorrow.