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Lightning’s Brayden Point in, Anthony Cirelli out against the Rangers

Neither Point nor Cirelli participated in morning skate on Tuesday.
Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point (21) works to get his stick in the action while battling against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the third period at Amalie Arena Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019 in Tampa.
Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point (21) works to get his stick in the action while battling against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the third period at Amalie Arena Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019 in Tampa. [ DIRK SHADD | Tampa Bay Times ]
Published Oct. 29, 2019|Updated Oct. 30, 2019

NEW YORK — The Lightning got a reprieve on Tuesday. Despite not participating in morning skate, Brayden Point was able to play against the Rangers. Anthony Cirelli was not able to play in the game.

Around noon, coach Jon Cooper said both were game-time decisions. Sometimes he says that when he doesn’t want to give the answer, but in this instance, he didn’t know for sure.

Asked if these were lingering issues or if they had gotten hurt in practice, Cooper asked if it mattered, adding that he doesn’t think either is a long-term issue.

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Both Point and Cirelli fully participated in practice on Monday. Point looked to be limping afterward, though. Cirelli left the ice immediately after practice officially ended, where he usually lingers over other individual drills.

The Lightning changed up the lines some, moving Alex Killorn to the first line with Steven Stamkos and Tyler Johnson. Killorn has stuck with Cirelli wherever the center has gone since last season. Yanni Gourde centered the third line, flanked by Mathieu Joseph (who had been with Stamkos) and Carter Verhaeghe.

Contact Diana C. Nearhos at dnearhos@tampabay.com. Follow @dianacnearhos.

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