Overall, Thursday had mostly positive developments regarding the health of Tampa Bay forward Erik Condra.
Condra, who was knocked out of Game 1 of the Bolts-Isles series on a huge Casey Cizikas hit, is reportedly feeling well — though the club remains unsure of a potential return date.
“He’s doing a lot better than the actual hit looked,” head coach Jon Cooper said, per NHL.com. “Whether he’s going to skate in the next couple days I’m not too sure.”
Condra went flying into the end boards early in the first period and, while laying on the ice with his eyes open, looked to be in bad shape. He didn’t appear to lose consciousness, but displayed very little motion before getting helped off the ice.
The Bolts came into this series already down the services of captain Steve Stamkos, key d-man Anton Stralman and energy forwards Mike Blunden and J.T. Brown — the latter’s injury actually paved the way for Condra to draw into the lineup.
No word yet on who would draw in, should Condra miss Saturday’s Game 2 in Tampa.