The Tampa Bay Lightning have been without defenseman Radko Gudas for a little while, as he was listed as out day-to-day with a lower-body injury. As it turns out, the lower-body injury is a knee injury and the 24-year old Czech is going to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery on Tuesday, which will keep him out of the line-up for a few weeks.
UPDATE (Jan 6): Did I say weeks? I meant months. The Lightning updated Gudas' status on Tuesday, saying that he is expected to be out of action for the next four months, which should end his regular season.
Last season, Gudas had 22 points for the Bolts, which led +Brenda & Seward to believe that he would be a pretty good pick-up this year in the draft, but that hasn't been the case at all. In 31 games for Tampa this year, Gudas has 2 goals and 3 assists and is pretty far from his scoring pace of a season ago.
Thankfully for the second pool duo, they haven't been relying on Gudas and his offense, as they stormed up the standings over the last few weeks, as they draw closer to the top 10 and continue to lead in the second segment. Going into Week Fourteen, the duo start in 11th place, 4 points out of the top 10, which seemed somewhat unlikely when they finished Week Nine in 20th spot.
An updated list of injuries can be found here.