Tampa Bay Lightning likely will be without injured players Simon Gagne and Pavel Kubina for Game 2
The Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday offered little in the way of updates on the conditions of left wing Simon Gagne and defnseman Pavel Kubina. Both suffered head injuries in Friday's Game 1 with the Capitals. Both players were at the Verizon Center for treatment on Saturday but left for the team hotel without talking to reporters.
If Kubina does not play, Randy Jones, out since March 7 with a high ankle sprain, will be in the lineup that again should have 11 forwards and seven defensemen. Replacing Gagne is a bit more problematic. Mattias Ritola has a more Gagne-like game; that is, along the boards and with a good shot. But Blair Jones provides more north-south energy and goes more in front of the net. In a playoff series, that is not a bad thing.
Both Gagne and Kubina are day-to-day with what the team is calling upper-body injuries, which seems a bit unnecessary given the replays were pretty clear both players took blows to the head. There also have not been any formal diagnosis of concussions.
Asked how his teammates seemed, center Steven Stamkos said, "Yeah, they seemed okay. By no means am I a doctor, so I don’t know what to look for, but they both seemed in good spirits and alert and good, so we’ll see what happens the rest of the day and tomorrow."