The Tampa Bay Lightning have been without middle six power forward JT Brown since April 15th with an unspecified upper body injury – but as the team heads into game one of the Eastern Conference Finals, they could regain his services.
The Lightning saw Brown, who finished his regular season campaign with eight goals and 22 points in 78 games, take part in warmups ahead of their Friday evening game. The 25-year-old right winger, as a result, should be in the lineup as the Lightning kick things off against the Pittsburgh Penguins shortly.
Undrafted at the NHL level, Brown – a native of Burnsville, Minnesota – joined the Lightning in 2012 coming off his second season at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. He’s currently in his second full season as a member of the Atlantic Division club, and posted his highest career numbers in the process; gaining his services back should be a huge plus for the Lightning, especially as the club looks to continue their dominant postseason campaign.
Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh will face off at 8:00 PM EST tonight at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for the first game of the conference finals. The Lightning are coming off a five game win over the New York Islanders to make their second consecutive conference finals appearance this spring.