The Lightning recalled forward Cory Conacher from AHL Syracuse on Friday for tonight's game against the Capitals.
GM Steve Yzerman said that with a couple players dealing with minor injuries, Conacher's callup provides some depth so that the team could at least play 11 forwards in back-to-back games against Washington and Pittsburgh.
Cooper said J.T. Brown isn't feeling well, so won't play. Neither will Conacher, as the team is going with seven defensemen. Slater Koekkoek and Andrej Sustr are in.
D Jake Dotchin (undisclosed) will miss his second straight game, and is on injured reserve, so he's eligible to return Tuesday in Buffalo. Cooper said there's a chance Dotchin plays by the end of this four-game road trip.
The Lightning added some more organizational depth Friday in claiming forward Chris DiDomenico off waivers from Ottawa. With Tampa Bay having lost Gabriel Dumont on waivers Tuesday to the Senators, it was trying to replace him. And DiDomenico is a good fit for a bottom-six/extra forward role. He racked up three goals and three assists in 12 games for Ottawa this season. DiDomenico has appeared in 15 career NHL games. DiDomenico is not available tonight.
G Andrei Vasilevskiy will start against the Capitals. Veteran Peter Budaj, who has had success against Pittsburgh, could start Saturday in the back-to-back. Capitals backup Philipp Grubauer will start tonight, and is 3-0-1 with a 2.61 goals against average in his career against the Lightning.. Tampa Bay last won in Washington April, 13, 2014, is 1-6-2 in its last nine in this building.