Lindback gave up five goals on 44 shots in a 5-4 OT loss in Game 1. Lindback allowed a couple of soft goals and the Lightning will need him to be better because Ben Bishop is not close to returning and they likely won't score four on Carey Price on a regular basis.
Palat (upper-body) is unlikely to play on Friday says head coach Jon Cooper.
Palat left game 1 with an upper-body injury and did not return. He is listed as a game-time decision, but Copper also said it is unlikely that he plays. This is a tough blow for the Lightning, Palat scored 23 goals with 36 assists (59 points) in 81 games.
Bishop (arm) did some light on-ice workouts in full pads on Thursday morning.
Bishop still is not facing shot in practice, but he was in goal while coaches threw pucks on goal. Bishop does not appear very close to returning to the Lightning crease. Consider him very doubtful for game 2.
With Ben Bishop still out with an arm injury, Lindback will get the call in game 1 vs. the Habs. He struggled all season long, but after Bishop got hurt he won all three outings while stopping 77 of 79 shots (.975 SV%). He has played well, but this definitely favours the Habs as they have Olympic Gold medalist Carey Price between the pipes.
Bishop (arm) will not play in Game 1 on Wednesday.
Bishop missed the final three games of the regular season after suffering an arm injury last Tuesday vs. the Maple Leafs. This is a huge blow for the Lightning, and Bishop must be extremely disappointed after he won 37 games with a 2.23 GAA and .924 SV% this season. This leaves Anders Lindback to get the nod vs. Montreal.
Lindback allowed two goals on 36 shots in a win over the Flyers on Thursday. With Ben Bishop out, Lindback will start the season finale. He was great against Philly, giving his coaches and teammates confidence that he can play well for them in the playoffs if he is called upon.
Kunyk, 23, was signed a couple weeks ago. He has 22 goals and 21 assists in 37 games with the University of Alaska-Fairbanks this year. He will slide in for Ondrej Palat who is out with a lower-body injury.
Hedman (lower-body) is a game-time decision this afternoon.
Hedman was injured on Friday but may not miss any time and play this afternoon in Washington. Hedman has one goal and seven assists in his last six games and 55 points (13G / 42A) in 74 games this season.
Palat has played all 81 games this season, but will miss the season finale today vs. Washington. Palat suffered the upper-body injury on Friday in Columbus. Palat scored his 23rd goal of the season before getting hurt. Consider him day-to-day.