Lightning defenseman Jake Dotchin took another step towards his return Monday with his first full practice in a couple weeks. Dotchin was still in a red non-contact jersey, so he’s not expected to play Tuesday against the Islanders. "He was zipping around there in his red jersey," coach Jon Cooper said. "Got to get this to blue (jersey)." Dotchin has missed six games since suffering the "freak," undisclosed injury in a Nov. 18 loss to the Islanders. While Dotchin is feeling better, he’s being cautious before coming back. "We’re getting there," Dotchin said. "This is something I don’t really want to rush back into. I want to feel 100 percent with this, and not only feel comfortable, but feel confident in it as well. (Monday) was a positive step)." Dotchin’s injury has hurt the Lightning blueline, as he was typically Victor Hedman’s partner in the top pairing. Tampa Bay has had to shuffle the lineup a bit, including alternating Slater Koekkoek and Andrej Sustr. Veteran defenseman Braydon Coburn (undisclosed) is also banged-up, and did not practice Monday. Coburn missed Saturday’s game and appears questionable for Tuesday. "He’s making progress," Cooper said.
Lightning’s Jake Dotchin takes a step toward returning
Tampa Bay Times | Dec 4