Killorn back at practice, Johnson still out
While wing Alex Killorn returned to practice Monday, All-Star center Tyler Johnson remains sidelined with an undisclosed injury suffered Saturday against the Panthers.
Killorn, who also had an undisclosed injury Saturday, was on the ice at Germain Arena, along with fellow injured Lightning forwards Nikita Kucherov (lower body) and Cedric Paquette (left foot). Paquette was in his first full practice since getting hurt Sept. 26, though he did not participate in line rushes.
Johnson played only two shifts on Saturday before exiting. He's considered day-to-day. Vladislav Namestnikov took Johnson's spot on the Triplets line today.
It should be an interesting day, with players around the league put on waivers today, and final rosters due Tuesday afternoon. Forward Jonathan Marchessault is not at practice, likely to be put on waivers with hopes he can return to AHL Syracuse.
Mike Angelidis, Slater Koekkoek, as well as both backup goalie candidates Kevin Poulin and Kristers Gudlevskis, are at practice. So is starter Ben Bishop.
Former Lightning goalie prospect Dustin Tokarski is reportedly being put on waivers by Montreal, giving another potential intriguing option for Tampa Bay at backup goalie. If Tokarksi is indeed available, the Lightning could put in a claim, considering their history and coach Jon Cooper is a big fan.
In other injury news, goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy (vascular surgery) did an on-ice workout before practice with goalie coach Frantz Jean, who fired shots from close range. Vasilevskiy is expected to miss at least the first month of the season following early September surgery to remove a blood clot.