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Lightning-Blue Jackets pregame: Anton Strålman skates but not ready to play

The Tampa Bay defenseman participated in a full skate with the team this morning.
Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman skates before a game against the Winnipeg Jets in March. [AP Photo/Chris O'Meara]
Published Apr. 12

TAMPA — The good news is that Anton Strålman returned to practice this morning. The bad news is that it’s unlikely he will return for the series against the Blue Jackets.

Jon Cooper was not encouraging about Strålman’s availability for the immediate future. Strålman will not play with the team tonight for Game 2 against Columbus.

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His status has been off and on since he sustained a lower-body injury in early March. He played against Montréal and Toronto in the last week of the regular season but then missed the regular-season finale against the Bruins. He has not skated with the team since.

Strålman skated in a defense pairing with Braydon Coburn this morning. The rest of the pairings stayed the same, implying that Braydon Coburn will be a healthy scratch once again for Game 2.

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Ryan Callahan and Danick Martel are also presumed to be healthy scratches tonight.

Andrei Vasilevskiy is expected to start in net tonight against the Blue Jackets. He’ll look for a rebound tonight coming off a 4-3 loss Wednesday in Game 1.

Contact Mari Faiello at mfaiello@tampabay.com. Follow @faiello_mari.

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