The Tampa Bay Lightning extended the Stanley Cup Final on Friday night after taking down the Colorado Avalanche in Game 5. Back home in Tampa for Game 6, the Lightning will once again have their backs against the wall, hoping to avoid elimination. Jon Cooper's latest update on star forward Brayden Point doesn't bode well for their chances of surviving on Sunday night, however. Cooper revealed that Point will once again be unavailable in Game 6, and even cast some doubt as to his status for Game 7, should it be necessary, via Luke Fox.
Jon Cooper expects same lineup as Game 5. No Brayden Point tonight.
— luke fox (@lukefoxjukebox) June 26, 2022
Cooper went as far as to say that Point is dealing with a “serious injury,” though he didn't specifically provide any details into what injury is plaguing the 26-year-old forward. The Lightning have remained tight-lipped throughout the playoffs about the injury to Point, who went down in Game 7 against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round of the playoffs. He missed the subsequent two series' against the Florida Panthers and New York Rangers before returning for the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final against the Avs.
Point's injury flared up in the early part of the Stanley Cup Final, however, and he's been sidelined in each of the past three games and is set to be out again in Game 6 on Sunday night in Tampa.
The Lightning plan to utilize the same lineup they deployed in Game 5, meaning Anthony Cirelli will be on the ice once again, having been a game-time decision on Friday night.
Down 3-2 in the series, the Lightning are in do-or-die mode and will need to pull off yet another win on their home ice without Point available.