Could Jonathan Marchessault make '16 playoff debut tonight?
For the entire first-round series, forward Jonathan Marchessault was a spectator.
Marchessault was a healthy scratch for all five games of the Lightning's series win over Detroit. He'd say all the right things, how it's playoffs and if the team is winning, it's hard to change the lineup. Marchessault said he'll be ready for his turn.
Will it be tonight?
Marchessault came off today's optional morning skate early, along with wing Erik Condra, who is playing. Mike Blunden came off later. Asked if he's back in the lineup, Marchesssault would only say, "We'll see."
Marchessault's presence makes sense considering the Islanders' speed. He had seven goals and 11 assists (a minus-10) in 45 games this season.
More from today's skate: There weren't a ton of players on for the optional skate, but captain Steven Stamkos was on the ice for the second straight day in his red non-contact jersey... Nikita Kucherov and Braydon Coburn were among the others.. RW Ryan Callahan said the week between their games won't be a factor in how they play tonight. "I think it comes through practicing and making sure we keep a good pace and in practice I thought we did a really good job yesterday," Callahan said. "We're all pros who dealt with breaks before. We realize the magnitude for Game 1. Don't think there will be any rust trying to get going for this one." Asked if he prefered to have a break between series or roll in from another, coach Jon Cooper said, "Ask me after (the game)." Cooper had no update on Anton Stralman (fractured leg), other than he won't play in Game 1. Cooper wouldn't say when Stralman would skate.