Point may return tonight as Lightning return after All-Star Break
The Lightning return to the ice tonight after the All-Star Break and the face the visiting Bruins, who are in third place in the Atlantic Division, six points ahead of the sixth-place Lightning.
Brayden Point, who has not played since fracturing a bone in his right hand Dec. 28 against the Canadiens, skated again this morning without the red no-contact jersey. Neither Jon Cooper nor Point said if Point would be available tonight. It would appear Point will play given the fact he was on the power play and participated in line rushes during the morning skate.
The Lightning will certainly welcome Point back to the lineup.
“He’s got exceptional hockey sense, and he made us a better team,” Cooper said. “It’s not that one player makes a team, but he was a piece to our puzzle and was generating some success for us.”
Ben Bishop is in goal tonight, making his first start since Jan. 21 when he allowed five goals on 12 shots at Arizona.
Bishop said he’s rested, obviously, and feels he will be sharp despite the layoff.
Andrei Vasilevskiy played the next two games – a win at Chicago and an overtime loss at Sunrise, Fla., against the Panthers.
Cooper didn’t offer much about how he will use his goalies other than to say Bishop will be evaluated after tonight’s game.
All-stars Victor Hedman and Nikita Kucherov were given the option of participating in the morning skate after traveling Monday from Los Angeles to Tampa. They opted not to.