The first 22 games of the ’15-16 season haven’t gone the way the Tampa Bay Lightning had probably envisioned, but they appear to be heading on the right path.
After a pair of wins over the Rangers and Ducks last week, the Lightning got more good news, as it looks like they’re about to get some healthy bodies back.
On Sunday, the Lighting shipped Mike Blunden, Luke Witkowski and Mike Angelidis back to AHL Syracuse, which means that Johnson’s return is all but confirmed.
Drouin (undisclosed) and Paquette (upper body) have been out since Nov. 16 (three games).
There’s a chance that both players could be cleared before Wednesday’s game.
If they are ready to return, the Lightning will have to send two more players to the farm.