Lightning Strikes (Cristodero)
Updated: 13 hours 50 min ago
Much has been made about how much the Lightning miss injured top scorer Steven Stamkos and top-pairing defenseman Anton Stralman, and deservedly so.
The Lightning got some encouraging news on the injury front Thursday, as defenseman Anton Stralman and wing J.T. Brown took part in their first full team practices since getting hurt.
The Lightning made a big move with its AHL affiliate in Syracuse, relieving head coach Rob Zettler of his duties and hiring Benoit Groulx.
Lightning coach Jon Cooper said his team's mantra during the playoffs has been to stay alive so its injured regulars won't have already played their last game.
The Lightning could be getting a key piece back on its blueline heading into tonight's Game 4 against the Islanders.
Both defenseman Matt Carle and wing Erik Condra participated fully in Thursday's practice at the Prudential Center, and there's a chance both could return to the lineup for Friday's Game 4 against the Islanders.
While Islanders coach Jack Capuano expected Lightning center Brian Boyle to be suspended for his overtime hit on Thomas Hickey, that will not be the case.