Ryan Callahan, Valtteri Filppula likely out through weekend
Both center Valtteri Filppula and wing Ryan Callahan participated in Friday's morning skate, albeit in gray, non-contact jerseys.
And while the veterans are getting closer to a return, both were out Friday and are likely to miss Saturday's showdown with the first-place Panthers.
Filppula, who has skated with the team since Saturday in Glendale, indicated he's "really close," having tried a little bit of contact in the last couple days.
"It's still not where I want it to be," Filppula said. "But good thing now is everything else feels pretty close to normal. I don't think it'll be too much longer."
Callahan has skated on his own the past couple days but this was his first practice with the team since getting hurt Mar. 17 in Dallas. He's doubtful for Saturday's game, having not tried much contact yet. The team next plays Monday against Toronto.
"It's been lingering for a while and kind of hit its tipping point in the Dallas game," Callahan said. Just take it day by day."
More from morning skate: G Ben Bishop will start in net against the Islanders, with backup G Andrei Vasilevskiy indicating he'll start Saturday against the Panthers. The lines were the same as Tuesday's game. .. The Lightning, in second in the Atlantic, knows the Islanders, in the first wild card spot, will be a desperate team. "We're both looking at ourselves saying, 'Wow, it's way too close for comfort," coach Jon Cooper said. "When teams behind you are winning, it just puts the pressure on, you have to win as well for us. We're sitting here looking at the Islanders and Florida in a 48-hour span. And two teams that are coming in here to gut one out. And for us, we need to get points. We can't worry about where the Islanders are, what they're fighting for."