Tampa Bay Lightning rookie forward Ondrej Palat skated for a second straight day Sunday but remains a game-time decision for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference First Round series against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre (7 pm ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS, SUN). "We have a lot of guys available to play," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "There will be 20 guys come seven o'clock that are going to be ready to play. He might or might not be one of those guys. I hope he's going to be one of those guys." Palat left Game 1 after playing a shift to start the third period with an upper-body injury and missed Game 2. He practiced in Tampa on Saturday, and skated on a line with Nate Thompson and Richard Panik on Sunday morning. "I had a really good skate [Saturday] and [Sunday] a good practice also," Palat said. "I feel good. We'll see what's going to happen." Palat had been skating on a line with captain Steven Stamkos and fellow rookie Tyler Johnson, and if he does play may wind up back on that line in place of Alex Killorn. "He's been one of our top players," Stamkos said. "We've dealt with key parts being out of our lineup all year at different stages so we've learned to adjust and deal with it. Obviously the more healthy guys you have in, the better chance you're going to give yourself. If he's back in tonight, obviously it's a big boost for us."
Palat remains a game-time decision for Lightning
NHL.com | Apr 20