Anton Stralman skates, 'not near ready'
Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman made an appearance Friday, skating in full gear on his own before the team's practice at the Ice Sports Forum.
But Stralman, five weeks into his recovery from a fractured left leg, isn't close to returning to the lineup.
"Not near ready yet," coach Jon Cooper said.
Cooper had said the Lightning was hopeful to get Stralman back at some point during this series. But until Stralman starts skating with the team, his return is not imminent. RW J.T. Brown (upper body) also doesn't appear anywhere close to a return.
D Matt Carle, RW Mike Blunden, RW Erik Condra did not practice Friday, and are considered day-to-day. The Lightning brought some "black aces" to skate in practice, with LW Joel Vermin and Tye McGinn, either of which could fill in Saturday. D Slater Koekkoek and D Luke Witkowski were up too. "They told us to be ready." Koekkoek said.