BRANDON – Forward Alex Killorn and defenseman Andrej Sustr could be back for the Lightning when it opens the playoffs Thursday night at Amalie Arena.
"By Thursday I'll be ready to go and 100 percent," Killorn said after Monday's practice at the Ice Sports Forum. "Things have progressed well."
Killorn was no longer in a red, no-contact jersey – which he said was the goal for Monday. He practiced on the top line with Steven Stamkos and Ryan Callahan, pushing Jonathan Drouin to the fourth line.
Killorn missed the final three games of the regular season with an undisclosed injury.
Sustr (upper-body injury) practiced Monday in a red, no-contact jersey and said his injury has been progressing well. He's missed the last six games but is targeting a return for Thursday.
"That's what we're aiming for," Sustr said. "Obviously it's still three days away."
Defenseman Braydon Coburn practiced again in a normal jersey. It's still unclear whether he'll be ready for Game 1 against Detroit.
It sounds as if another defenseman, Jason Garrison, won't be as he continues to rebuild strength while recovering from an upper-body injury. He wore a no-contact jersey Monday but increased his workload during practice.
"I don't know what's going to happen this week," Garrison said. "I'm making progress every day. Still lots to gain, but I think if my body responds well, hopefully (I'll return) sooner than later."