By no means is this a guarantee that Tyler Johnson will play in Game 1 for the Tampa Bay Lightning against the Detroit Red Wings, yet considered how scary his fall looked last night, it’s a great sign that there’s even a discussion.
The company line is that Johnson is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
This comes after relatively good news that Johnson traveled with the team after Saturday’s glum loss against the Montreal Canadiens (rather than staying in the hospital for observation).
Feel free to parse this update for specific phrasing to feel better or worse about the situation:
#tblightning Yzerman indicated Tyler Johnson could be ready by Game 1 against #RedWings. Good news for Tampa Bay after how bad it looked.
Zach Parise‘s cloudy situation is labeled “day-to-day,” and there’s some worry that it will mean enough days that he might not be able to play when the Minnesota Wild kick off their first-round series against the Dallas Stars.
Chris Porter said Parise “has been mum about it to everybody. It’s obviously bad. We were all joking that he’s a superstitious guy and scoring three on Backy (Niklas Backstrom) last time, you know it has to be something if he’s going to miss a game against a goalie he scored three against a few weeks ago.”
We already know that Thomas Vanek is unlikely to be good to go to start. Russo notes that red-hot forward Erik Haula is banged up, too.
When people spoke of the Wild “limping” into the playoffs, it felt like it was a figurative thing, noting that they’ve lost five in a row. It might be more literal than expected, however, if Parise and Haula join Vanek on the sidelines.
Capitals are coy about Holtby, Ducks rest Kesler and Gibson
Sometimes these decisions come late, especially with players like Alex Ovechkin (guys who love to play but accrue significant mileage). There might be some game-time decisions, yet we know at least Kesler and Gibson won’t go on Sunday.
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