Tampa Bay will still be without the services of their top goaltender, Ben Bishop, who is on injured reserve with a sprained right wrist sustained during the opening minutes of a Jan. 5 game against the Edmonton Oilers. He is eligible to return on Tuesday against the Philadelphia Flyers, but there are no guarantees.

"I don't know," Cooper said. "The concern will end when he comes in and says, 'Coach, I'm ready to go.' He can't play until Tuesday; that would be the earliest he is eligible to play. I just hope at that time that he's ready to go. It's like the sprained ankle, sprained wrist, sprained anything; he may come off IR but he's still not ready to go."

Anders Lindback will carry the load in goal, backed by Cedrick Desjardins.

"He's been looking good in practice and he's ready to go," Cooper said of Lindback. "This is his time right now so I'm sure he's pretty excited to seize it."