Which is why Tuesday was a good day for the Bolts.
Tyler Johnson, out since getting hurt against the Habs over the weekend, returned to practice on and took rushes centering the club’s top line, between Alex Killorn and Nikita Kucherov.
This has been a tough year for Johnson, limited to just 68 games while dealing with a myriad of injuries. There is hope, at least among the Lightning players, that the diminutive forward can rediscover the success he found in last year’s playoffs, when he led all skaters with 13 goals and 23 points in 26 games.
Tampa Bay opens up its series against the Red Wings tomorrow, to kick off the 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs.