Brayden Point will not play in Game 3 for Lightning

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The Tampa Bay Lightning are going to be very shorthanded for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Islanders on Friday night.

Leading scorer (and Conn Smythe contender) Brayden Point will not be in the lineup after leaving Game 2 of the series on Wednesday with an injury.

He was expected to be a game-time decision but did not participate in pre-game warmups.

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In 15 games this postseason he has 23 points (eight goals, 15 assists) and has been one of the league’s best players.

It is another significant loss for a Lightning team that is already playing without some top talent. Steven Stamkos has not played a single game this postseason due to injury and will not play in this series. They will also play Friday’s game without Alex Killorn due to a suspension for boarding Brock Nelson their Game 2 win on Wednesday.

The Lightning enter Friday’s game with a 2-0 series lead.

No. 2 Tampa Bay Lightning vs. No. 6 New York Islanders (TB leads 2-0)

Series preview
Game 1
: Lightning 8, Islanders 2. (recap)
Game 2: Lightning 2, Islanders 1 (recap)
Game 3: 
Friday, Sept. 11, 8 p.m. ET – USA (livestream)
Game 4: 
Sunday, Sept. 13, 3 p.m. ET – NBC (livestream)
*Game 5: 
Tuesday, Sept. 15, 8 p.m. ET – NBCSN
*Game 6: 
Thursday, Sept. 17, 8 p.m. ET – NBCSN
*Game 7: 
Saturday, Sept. 19, 7:30 p.m. ET – NBC

*if necessary

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Adam Gretz is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @AGretz.

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