Center Cedric Paquette is questionable for tonight's Game 6 of the Eastern Conference final, Lightning coach Jon Cooper said after today's morning skate at Amalie Arena.
Paquette held his right hand/arm as he left Sunday's first period after blocking a shot. He later returned but played only 5:43 in Game 5.
Paquette briefly participated during the optional morning skate but left the ice, apparently without Cooper noticing.
"I didn't even see it," Cooper said. "I didn't watch."
Paquette has one goal this postseason. If he can't play, Vladislav Namestnikov would be the most likely replacement at center. Namestnikov has one assist in his 11 playoff games.
Defenseman Braydon Coburn was a full participant in the morning skate and said he feels much better after the 24-hour stomach bug that limited him to 5:43 of ice time in Game 5.
"It wasn't pretty," Coburn said.
Despite the illness, Coburn stayed on the bench to watch Sunday's win instead of heading to the locker room.
"I wasn't doing any good in the dressing room," Coburn said. "If I needed to be out there for something, maybe I could have contributed."