Brayden Point has ‘a chance’ to play in Game 1

Tampa Bay Lightning star forward Brayden Point is reportedly close to returning from the lower-body injury he suffered in Game 7 of the first-round playoff series against the Toronto Maple Leafs on May 14 which has kept him out for the last 10 games.

However, that doesn’t necessarily mean Point will take to the ice for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals at the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday night.

It was learned on Monday that Point had rejoined practice with the full squad for the first time since his injury, and Lightning coach Jon Cooper told reporters Tuesday that “there’s a chance” the 26-year-old is in lineup for Wednesday’s series opener. .

“It’s all about how he feels,” Cooper said, according to the NHL’s website’s Tom Gulitti. “He felt pretty good today. We’ll see how he reacts tomorrow, but things are looking for him to play. And if it’s not tomorrow, really anticipate Game 2.”

Game 2 of the series is Saturday night in Denver. Game 3 is Monday night in Florida.

Point contributed two goals and two assists in the playoff against Toronto after racking up 28 goals and 30 assists in 66 regular season games in 2021-22.

“Brayden Point is, he’s an elite player in this league and he’ll play his minutes based on how he reacts,” Cooper added in his comments. “It’s hard not to play and jump right into a Stanley Cup playoff game, a Stanley Cup Final game…but I wouldn’t say ‘Pointer’ is going to sit on the bench a lot if healthy.”

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