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Will Brayden Point be able to return this postseason?

The Lightning center was injured at the end of the first round against the Maple Leafs. We update you on his status for each game.

Tampa Bay Lightning Center Brayden Point (21) is helped off the ice after being injured during the first period of the Round 1 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Game 7 between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Toronto Maple Leafs on May 14, 2022, at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON, Canada. Photo by Julian Avram/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Tampa Bay Lightning are in search of their third straight Stanley Cup in the 2022 postseason. The Lightning have been able to advance to a third straight Eastern Conference Final, this time around facing the New York Rangers. Since the end of their first-round series against the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Lightning have been operating without top-line center Brayden Point, who is dealing with a lower-body injury. Point missed all of the second round against the Florida Panthers and hasn’t played in three games against the Rangers.

Here we’ll be updating you on Point’s status for each game moving forward.

Brayden Point injury updates

Game 6 update — Cooper left the window open for a potential return for Point in Game 6 on Saturday night. The Bolts are up 3-2 and have a chance to close out the series, something they’re pretty great at doing in this spot. Point feels unlikely to return, but there’s a chance. If he does, don’t expect a full amount of ice time or shifts.

Game 5 update— Jon Cooper told reporters on Thursday morning that Point has been ruled out for Game 5. So the Bolts will continue to operate without their top center.

Point’s status is unknown at this point, though he hasn’t been ruled out for Game 5 vs. the Rangers on Thursday night. He’s been out since the first round. We’ll keep an eye on his status heading into the pivotal game.

Game 4 update — Point has been ruled out for Game 4 of the ECF against the Rangers on Tuesday night. Jon Cooper confirmed the news to reporters on Monday morning. So that will be Point’s eighth straight missed game due to injury. The Lightning trail the Rangers 2-1 in the best-of-7 series. Tampa Bay won 3-2 in Game 3 on a late goal by Ondrej Palat. The Bolts are now +120 on the series line on DraftKings Sportsbook.