Adam Erne out indefinitely with a Lower-Body Injury

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Tampa Bay Lightning forward Adam Erne will miss an indefinite amount of games after sustaining a Lower-Body Injury on Monday night against the Arizona Coyotes.

The Tampa Bay Lightning has been absolutely plagued by injuries in the back half of the season. It’s starting to become reminiscent of seasons past when the Bolts have lost more players than they’ve gotten back. As the Lightning enters the final few games of the season, this is definitely not good.

On Monday night, as the Tampa Bay Lightning took on the Arizona Coyotes, the Bolts Nation suffered yet another hit to their offensive squad. In the first period of play, Lightning forward Adam Erne was involved in a collision along the boards and the end result was not something the Lightning were looking for.

It took Erne quite a while before he was able to make it back to his skates. Lightning Head Athletic Trainer Tom Mulligan rushed out on the ice to attend to Erne. After finally making it back to his feet, it was quite apparent he was unable to put any weight on his leg.

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Once off the ice, Erne skipped a trip to the bench and immediately went down the tunnel to the Lightning locker room. Little did anyone know at this point, this would be the last time Erne would take the ice against the Coyotes. Unfortunately, this is exactly how the scenario would play out.

Tonight, the Lightning will take on one of their toughest challenges of the season as they battle the Boston Bruins. Regrettably, they will do so without Adam Erne in the lineup. According to Tampa Bay Lightning Beat Writer Bryan Burns, Erne is now considered to be out indefinitely with a Lower-Body Injury.

This is definitely disappointing news for Lightning fans. While he may not be one of the team’s premier goal-scorers, he offers definitely provides value to the Lightning lineup. Erne’s larger size allows him to make much harder hits, he has tremendous speed, and he has the kind of determination and drive that can take players to a whole new level.

Erne made his season debut with the Lightning on February 8 as the Bolts defeated the Vancouver Canucks 5-2 at the Amalie Arena in Tampa. Erne’s goal in the third period turned out to be the game-winner. Since then, Erne has scored three goals and an assist for a total of four points.

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While there has been no official word from the Lightning regarding the extent of the injury to Adam Erne, the words “out indefinitely” don’t exactly sound promising when there are a mere six games left in the regular season. Hopefully, if the injury is not too severe, Erne will be able to get in some postseason play.