Tampa’s premiere shutdown defender will miss his fifth game of the 2022-23 campaign, as numerous short-term absences have kept him out of the lineup throughout the season. Rookie Nicklaus Perbix takes Cernak’s top-four spot tonight against the Arizona Coyotes. Cernak has 10 points in 49 games and a +1 rating on the season, as he enters an eight-year, $41.6MM extension next season.
- The Ottawa Senators placed defenseman Nick Holden on injured reserve Wednesday, CapFriendly reports. Holden is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury that kept him out of yesterday’s storybook shootout victory over the New York Islanders. The 35-year-old veteran of 636 NHL games has a goal and nine assists in 47 appearances this season, and his 10 points are tied for third among Senators defensemen with Travis Hamonic.
- Edmonton Oilers depth defender Vincent Desharnais won’t play against the Detroit Red Wings tonight because of an undisclosed illness, says Oilers color commentator Bob Stauffer. Desharnais has been a late bloomer in the Oilers organization, defying the odds to play NHL games after joining the Bakersfield Condors on an AHL contract. The 26-year-old 6’6″ defender has four assists in 12 games this season, largely slotting in when the team has opted to play 11 forwards and seven defensemen.