Tampa Bay Lightning D Mike Lundin (groin/abdomen) 50-50 to play vs. Caps, coach says
The Tampa Bay Lightning has had great success the past two games with defensemen Mike Lundin and Mattias Ohlund shadowing Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin. The left wing has zero goals in those games, though so does Washington, which was shut out twice by Dwayne Roloson.
Regardless, the Lundin/Ohlund combination has been a key to Tampa Bay's recent success against the Caps. But Lundin, who has been battling a groin/abdomen problem, did not practice Thursday for what the team called body maintenance, and although Ohlund was on skates he was held out of the final 9:39 of Tuesday's win over the Flyers because of a sore left knee.
"Ohlund and Lundin have played against the first line for the past two months," coach Guy Boucher said. "So, Ohlund is not as healthy as we would like him and now Lundin, so it does put a dent in our plans."
Asked about Lundin's condition, Boucher said "not good," though Lundin, who is averaging 20:34 of ice time, has said when he is playing he actually feels better and is not limited. Asked how likely it is that Lundin will play, Boucher said "50-50."
Wing Ryan Malone also missed practice as did forward Mattias Ritola, who is battling a flareup of his Meniere's disease.
And, now, for your enjoyment, here is a Washington Post blog in which Capitals right wing Matt Bradley calls Friday's game the biggest of the year for is team:
Said Boucher: "We know that team is going to take that game extremely seriously, which means they're going to be better than they were last time. If we're not better, they're going to beat us."