Tampa Bay Lightning F Adam Erne expected to return against Toronto Maple Leafs

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Tampa Bay Lightning Head Coach Jon Cooper expects forward Adam Erne to return to the Lightning lineup tonight against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Tampa Bay Lightning has never been a stranger to injuries. While injuries are always part of the game when it comes to a high-speed, full-contact sport such as hockey, there have been seasons where the Lightning has seemingly drawn the short end of the stick.

For the most part, the 2018-19 season has not been one of those seasons. (Thank the hockey gods!) At the same time, the Lightning has seen an injury or two this season that has thrown the lineup out of whack. Thankfully, as the Bolts prepare to take on a Division rival, things seem to be headed in the right direction.

Tampa Bay Lightning Head Coach Jon Cooper announced this afternoon that Lightning forward Adam Erne is expected to be making his return to the lineup tonight as the Bolts take on the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.

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Lightning Beat Writer Bryan Burns announced on March 9, ahead of the Lightning’s meeting with the Detroit Red Wings, that Adam Erne was considered to be Day-to-Day with an Upper Body Injury. As anyone who has followed hockey for any reasonable amount of time knows, “day-to-day” can mean just about anything.

Thankfully, in this case, it meant only the loss of one game.

The Tampa Bay Lightning was the first team in the National Hockey League to claim a spot in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs. While the Lightning could essentially lose the remainder of the regular season and still make their way into the postseason, no one ever wants to watch their team limp into the playoffs.

With the exception of a few bumps along the way, the Lightning has been doing an excellent job of closing out the season on a high note. If the Bolts can get all of their players healthy (and keep the ones currently on the ice in one piece) prior to the start of the postseason, the Lightning could be virtually unstoppable.

The Tampa Bay Lightning definitely has their work cut out for them tonight. They are headed deep into hostile territory. According to Pierre LeBrun, the Lightning was met with a healthy dose of boos from the people in attendance at the Morning Skate. It’ll be interesting to see how they respond when the puck drops.

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The puck is set to drop at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time. We don’t know about you, but we can’t wait to see what the Tampa Bay Lightning has in store for the Bolts Nation tonight as they head into the final 13 games of the season. It’s definitely going to be an exciting night of hockey!