The Lightning didn’t offer any substantial update on the health of either winger Simon Gagne or defenseman Pavel Kubina, both of whom remain classified as day-to-day, according to Coach Guy Boucher, after they were unable to complete Game 1 because of injury. It doesn’t sound likely that either will play in Game 2 Sunday, though.
Boucher said he had not yet decided who would step in if Gagne is unable to play but if Kubina is unavailable, Randy Jones, who has missed time with a high ankle sprain, will return to the lineup for the first time since Mar. 7.
“He knows exactly what to do he was actually playing against the top lines before he got injured,” said Boucher, adding that he still plans to use seven defensemen in the contest and that he doesn’t think the return to game action will be a tough adjustment for his team.
“The other six guys have had a lot of ice time lately in the playoffs and they’ve won big games,” Boucher continued. “We’re not going to ask Randy to come in as a savior. He’ll get some ice time and we’ll give him the time to get adjusted.”
Gagne, who has a history of concussions, was checked hard into the corner boards by defenseman Scott Hannan and landed hard on the ice, impacting his head and shoulder. Hannan was not penalized on the play.
Kubina was hit into the glass behind the goal line when Jason Chimera, who was given a roughing minor, finished his check. Chimera’s elbow came up high on the play, but he will not be subject to any supplementary discipline by the NHL.
Asked what he thought of Chimera’s hit on Kubina, Boucher said, “It’d be wise for me not to comment.”