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Nick Paul probable for Game 4 in Stanley Cup Final

Here’s the latest news about Lightning LW Nick Paul ahead of Game 4.

2022 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Three
Nicholas Paul of the Tampa Bay Lightning skates against the Colorado Avalanche in Game Three of the 2022 Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena on June 20, 2022 in Tampa, Florida.
Photo by Mark LoMoglio/NHLI via Getty Images

June 22 update: Paul is officially listed as probable, and that makes sense given Jon Cooper’s lack of comments about his injury. Paul left the ice, returned, and then left again in Game 3 so he’s going to likely have some nagging pain in Game 4. As they say in hockey, everyone is playing with some pain at this point in the season so expect Paul to give it a go tonight.

The Tampa Bay Lightning don’t have an official designation for left winger Nick Paul for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Colorado Avalanche, but we’ll deem him as questionable based on the reports from practice.

Paul left the ice in the first period of Tampa Bay’s Game 3 victory after taking a hit and falling awkwardly. He did return to the contest and score a goal in the team’s 6-2 win, but eventually went off the ice again. He appeared to be in some discomfort when going through the team’s practice according to multiple reports, but doesn’t carry an official tag from the team. The real question seems to be how much time he’ll see on the ice. If he’s at less than 100%, the Lightning will likely cap his minutes.

Tampa has an excess of talent at the left wing position, so Paul being out might not have a big impact on the Lightning’s gameplan.