The Tampa Bay Lightning have been without defenseman Anton Stralman for the entirety of the postseason with a broken leg, but the 29-year-old blue liner could be ready to go as early as tomorrow.
The Lightning suggested, per TVA’s Renaud Lavoie, that Stralman is one of two injured players currently listed as day-to-day who could be close enough to returning to see action in Monday’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Drafted 216th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2005, Stralman has spent the last two seasons with the Lightning as one of their most valuable defensive players. This year, he put up nine goals and 34 points in 73 regular season games – regaining his services on the blue line to finish out the third round of the playoffs would be excellent news for the Atlantic Division club.
Perhaps more impressive that the potential return of Stralman, though, is the potential return of the team’s other day-to-day player – goaltender Ben Bishop.
Bishop left the ice on a stretcher midway through the first period of game one against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night, but negative x-rays and MRI’s have the team listing their starting netminder as a possibility to play Monday. No confirmation has been given yet, but it’s possible that the 6 foot 7 Vezina finalist won’t have to sit out after all – pretty incredible after the way he left the game just a few days ago.
The Lightning and the Penguins will face off on Monday evening at 8:00 PM EST at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida.