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Bishop unlikely to play in Game 7, Stamkos status unchanged

Ben Bishop (lower left leg) has continued to progress from an injury suffered in Game 1, but told the Tampa Bay Times it's "still not there yet," and he didn't want to jump right back in.

DIRK SHADD | Times

Ben Bishop (lower left leg) has continued to progress from an injury suffered in Game 1, but told the Tampa Bay Times it's "still not there yet," and he didn't want to jump right back in.

With the Lightning's season on the line in Thursday's Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final, the natural inclination is to wonder if two of the team's biggest stars, captain Steven Stamkos and goalie Ben Bishop, might return for it.

But it certainly sounds likely that neither will be available for the must-win game against the Penguins.

Bishop (lower left leg) has continued to progress from an injury suffered in Game 1, but told the Tampa Bay Times it's "still not there yet," and he didn't want to jump right back in.

"Not a lot has changed," coach Jon Cooper said Wednesday before flying to Pittsburgh. "We'll get together tonight as a staff and see where everybody is, but as of now, I don't anticipate Ben being in."

Stamkos (blood clot) has continued to practice with the team, feeling like he could play, but is still awaiting a decision whether he can play while on blood thinners or on a different regimen. Cooper said today nothing has changed in Stamkos' status.

 

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 25, 2016 3:36pm]

    

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