Ondrej Palat F TB 21 Hrs

Ondrej Palat (upper body) will be a game-time decision for Friday's contest against Montreal.

He left Game 1 because an undisclosed injury, which is believed to be to his upper-body region. The outstanding rookie logged 14:05 of ice time before exiting early in the third period.

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Ondrej Palat was forced to leave Tampa Bay's playoff opener in the third period with an undisclosed injury.

He was seen walking around the locker room after the team's overtime loss and there wasn't an update on his status. Palat had an upper-body injury at the end of the regular season after a hard hit made contact with his head and there may have been a re-injury there. It was also speculated during the game telecast that he might have been hurt when he banged knees with Montreal's P.K. Subban. Consider him day-to-day for now.

Ondrej Palat F TB 3 Days

Ondrej Palat (upper body) is ready to play in the Lightning's postseason opener on Wednesday.

Palat had 23 goals and 59 points in 81 games this season. Look for him to play on Tampa Bay's top line with Steve Stamkos and Tyler Johnson.

Ondrej Palat F TB 4 Days

Ondrej Palat (upper body) didn't play Sunday.

He appeared to take a blow to the head on a hit by Columbus blueliner Jack Johnson on Friday and it forced him to leave the contest. The rookie forward's status for Game 1 of the postseason is unclear at this time. He is listed as day-to-day.

Ondrej Palat F TB 6 Days

Ondrej Palat left Friday's game against the Blue Jackets in the third period after being on the receiving end of a big hit administered by Columbus defenseman Jack Johnson.

It was a clean hit but did plenty of damage to Palat who was not able to return to the contest. Consider Palat day-to-day for now.

Ondrej Palat F TB 9 Days

Ondrej Palat continued his scorching rookie season with two goals on Tuesday night, effectively quashing the Leafs' playoff hopes in Tampa's 3-0 win over Toronto.

Palat is on a torrid four game point streak where he has three goals and three assists during that span. The rookie has 57 points in 79 games this season and is a remarkable +30.

Ondrej Palat F TB 15 Days

Ondrej Palat netted the sole goal for Tampa Bay in its 4-1 loss to the Flames on Saturday night.

Palat has quietly put together one of the better rookie seasons this year, scoring 20 times and recording 54 points, to go with a plus-28 rating. He's second in the rookie race in both goals and points. Ryan Callahan and Matt Carle had the helpers.

Ondrej Palat F TB 17 Days

Ondrej Palat pitched in two helpers' during Tampa Bay's 3-1 victory over Montreal, which clinched both teams a playoff spot on Tuesday.

Palat's impressive rookie season totals are up to 19 goals, 53 points and a +28 rating in 76 games this season. The multi-point performance snapped the 23 year old Czech out of a three game pointless drought.

Ondrej Palat F TB 17 Days

Ondrej Palat has been selected as the rookie of the month again.

Palat also won the award in January while the NHL didn't hand out the award in February due to the Olympics. He has 51 points in 75 games, putting him just five points behind Nathan MacKinnon in the rookie scoring race. While MacKinnon remains the favorite to win the Calder Trophy, Palat is certainly making things interesting.

Ondrej Palat F TB 20 Days

Tampa's impressive rookies Ondrej Palat and Tyler Johnson have not slowed down over the course of the season.

There is often a concern that talented first-year players will hit the proverbial wall after about 60 games but neither Palat or Johnson seem to have had any issues in that regard. Of their chances to win the Calder Trophy as the NHL's top rookie, Tampa coach Jon Cooper had the following to say: "I don't know if people are going to put those guys up in the conversation for the rookie of the year award, but I'll be really hard-pressed not to see those two names up there for what they've done for us in a situation where we were missing players and we needed guys to step up. Those guys stepped up." With 51 and 47 points respectively, indeed they have.