Paul Maurice of @FlaPanthers says Matthew Tkachuk update will come tomorrow.
– Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) June 12, 2023
Now the sky could be falling. Matthew Tkachuk is still a doubt for tomorrow’s game, after missing practice this morning.
Matthew Tkachuk, Brandon Montour and Radko Gudas all absent from Panthers practice today.
– luke fox (@lukefoxjukebox) June 12, 2023
It’s no secret that Tkachuk is currently playing through injuries. We think it could be a shoulder problem, for that matter.
That said, is it really logical to think that the Panthers’ star will miss game #5, when his team is on the brink of collapse? After the incredible series Tkachuk has enjoyed, it’s hard to imagine him in a position where he’ll be helpless for his team’s final playoff game.
Is the reality that he’s resting his batteries to the max so he’ll be in (relatively) good shape for Game 5 of the series?
Very, very possibly. We probably shouldn’t worry too much about the fact that he missed an early morning workout.
Tkachuk has been a warrior from the start, and if he’s not a warrior to the end, it’s because the injury he’s enduring is far worse than anyone anticipated.
– Even if he is there, that said…
– La Dose (@LaDose_TVA) June 12, 2023
– The atmosphere is there.
– Luc Gelinas (@LucGelinasRDS) June 12, 2023
– Phil Kessel isn’t playing, but his presence is felt.