Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Tampa Bay Lightning

Lightning's Anton Stralman could return for Game 2

PITTSBURGH — Watching Lightning D Anton Stralman skate at Sunday's practice, you couldn't tell he fractured his left leg seven weeks ago.

And it appeared Stralman had a chance to return for tonight's Game 2 of the Eastern Conference final against the Penguins. Stralman joined full team skates late last week.

"Stralman is looking good," coach Jon Cooper said. "He's getting closer. … Stralman is definitely day to day now, and that's great news because he is an extremely important player on our team. … It's kind of going to be up to 'Strals' here now, how he's feeling.

"It's been encouraging to watch him play, and you're looking at him right now at practice, you wouldn't even think he was hurt. He's not favoring anything, so it's a really good sign."

STAMKOS WATCH: Captain Steven Stamkos (blood clot) was in a regular jersey in a full team practice for the first time since his April 4 operation. He participated in some 5-on-5 drills and did some penalty kill work before working out with the "black aces" extra players. But GM Steve Yzerman said Stamkos' status hadn't changed, that he was still on blood thinners, so don't expect him to return for Game 2. "We're kind of in that holding pattern," Cooper said. Karl Illig, Stamkos' surgeon, said that in general, once a player gets off blood thinners, he can play within eight to 10 hours or five days, depending on what drug he was on.

NUTS AND BOLTS: C Tyler Johnson, who missed part of Game 1 after a knee-to-knee hit from Penguins F Chris Kunitz, practiced and said he was good to go. … G Adam Wilcox joined the team to serve as a third (emergency) goalie if Ben Bishop is not available after leaving the ice on a stretcher after an awkward fall in Game 1. … Penguins G Matt Murray will start Game 2.

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