Only the loss of a limb would likely keep Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos
out of Game 4 against Montreal. (Icon SMI)
By Allan Muir
A couple of quick notes from today's morning skates:
In Montreal, where the Lightning are in a 3-0 series hole, Tampa Bay's playoff survival rests squarely in the hands of backup goalie Anders Lindback:
Coach Jon Cooper sounded encouraged about the progress that goalie Ben Bishop is making, but it sounds as though the series would have to be extended to a sixth or seventh game before there is any chance of seeing Bishop back in net.
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While the Bolts will miss their big goalie, they will have their big gun in the lineup on Tuesday.
Of course he'll play. You saw how quickly Stamkos returned from what looked like a clear case of brain trauma in Game 3. No way he would sitt out an elimination game. Whether it's the right call or not remains to be seen.
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Nice side note here about Stammer and Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas, who fractured his leg in Monday night's Game 3 against the Ducks:
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Already hearing whispers that this might mean the end of the line for Robidas who, at 37, heads into this offseason as an unrestricted free agent. Let's hope he's not done yet.
The Red Wings will be short one veteran winger for tonight's pivotal Game 3 at home against the Bruins.
No real surprise here. Daniel Alfredsson's been playing hurt through the first two games and hasn't been able to give Detroit much as a result. Joakim Andersson will make his NHL playoff debut tonight and skate on a line with Darren Helm and Tomas Jurco. Andersson is a defensively inclined player, so don't expect much from him in Boston's zone.
There could be a change for the Bruins tonight:
If he's good to go, Matt Bartkowksi could sub in for Andrei Meszaros on the back line. Another day off the ice only forwards Daniel Paille and Chris Kelly means another game for Justin Florek -- who was very good in Game 2 -- and Jordan Caron, who was fine.
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Some good news for the Flyers:
If he's good enough to back up, he's good enough to go ... but how do you take Ray Emery out after the way he outplayed the Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist in Game 2? As long as Emery is winning, there's no reason to force Mason into the lineup.
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