Anton Stralman joins Lightning optional skate
Defenseman Anton Stralman took part in the Lightning's optional morning skate Tuesday in a regular-colored jersey, his first skate with the team since fracturing his left leg Mar. 25.
But not so fast, Stralman still appears a little ways away from returning. This was an optional skate, so even J.T. Brown (upper body), who didn't use a full stick, participated, as did Matt Carle (undisclosed).
Stralman hasn't been available to the media since he started skating last week, so it's hard to tell his progress. But until Stralman practices with the full team and does contract drills, it's hard to envision him playing in his first game in more than a month.
Brown doesn't seem close, either, still unable to use a full stick, just keeping up his skating and conditioning. Carle, who missed Game 2, was one of the last players on the ice, along with Stralman and Erik Condra, who might be out for the second straight game.
Forward Mike Blunden said he feels good, and may return tonight for Game 3. If the Lightning goes with 12 forwards, expect Blunden and Jonathan Marchessault to join Vladislav Namestnikov on the fourth line.
Defensemen Slater Koekkoek and Matt Taormina skated today, with one of them likely to draw in, maybe both if the Lightning goes with seven defensemen.
The best-of-seven series is tied 1-1.