Johnson (lower-body) practiced on Monday after missing the All Star game.
Johnson was a full participant in practice on Monday despite missing the All Star game this weekend with a lower-body injury. His availability this afternoon is a good sign that Johnson will play tomorrow vs. the Hurricanes.
Luke Witkowski will make his NHL debut on Tuesday vs. the Canucks.
Witkowski will replace Mark Barberio in the lineup tonight vs. Vancouver. Witkowski is a physical blue liner who will help replace some of the physicality the Lightning are lacking since losing Radko Gudas. He has six points (1G / 5A) in 36 games with Syracuse this season.
Bishop will start the last game before the All Star break.
Bishop made 40 saves on 42 shots in the Lightning’s 3-2 shootout win over Colorado on Saturday. In his last six starts, Bishop has gone 5-1-0 with a 2.14 GAA and .925 SV%. Overall he is 23-7-2 with a 2.38 GAA and .912 SV% on the year. Tonight he will face the Canucks for the second time this season—he made 3- saes in a 4-2 win in October.
Carle will miss 6-8 weeks with a torn abductor muscle.
Carle will undergo surgery to repair the torn abductor muscle in his abdomen. He will miss 6-8 weeks, which will give Nikita Nestero and Luke Witkowski a chance to carve out a larger role with the Lightning for the next month and a half at least.
Hedman (lower-body) is on the ice for warmups; expected to play tonight.
Hedman took part in the Lightning's morning skate and was listed as a game-time decision. His presence on the ice for warmups is a good sign that he will indeed be back in the lineup tonight vs. Colorado.
Carle (undisclosed) is likely out through the All Star break.
Carle suffered an undisclosed injury on Thursday vs. the Oilers. He will not play tonight and likely won’t play on Tuesday vs. the Canucks. Thankfully for the Lightning, Victor Hedman is expected to return tonight.
Hedman (lower-body) is expected to play on Saturday.
Hedman skated for the second straight day and said he feels good and expects to play tonight vs. the Avalanche after missing the last two games. Hedman has 20 points (5G / 15A) in 26 games this season.
Bishop allowed two goals on 32 shots in the Lightning’s 3-2 win over Edmonton on Thursday. He is 4-1-0 with a 2.92 GAA and .889 SV% in January, but should make for a strong start tonight at home against a modest Colorado offence. He is 15-3-1 with a 2.00 GAA and .925 SV% at home this season.
Hedman (lower-body) is on the ice for the morning skate; hopeful he will play Saturday.
Hedman was a full participant in practice on Friday and he is in the morning skate today. He was listed as questionable for today, but his availability this morning, is a good sign that he could return to the lineup tonight.
The Lightning have recalled Luke Witkowski from Syracuse (AHL).
Witkowski, 24, has six points (1G /5A) and 75 PIMS in 36 games with Syracuse this season. His recall adds some toughness and a right handed shot on the Lightning’s blue line. He could make his NHL debut on Saturday.
Hedman (lower-body) was a full participant in Lightning practice on Friday.
Hedman has missed the last two games with a lower-body injury, but he participation in practice this morning suggests that he could make a return to the lineup tomorrow vs. the Avalanche. Monitor his status leading up to 7 PM ET puck-drop.
Johnson (lower-body) returned to the lineup on Thursday.
Johnson skated in the morning with a no-contact jersey and coach Jon Cooper said he thinks Johnson would be back before the All Star break. He never formally ruled him out, but all signs pointed towards him not playing. To no one’s surprise, Johnson recorded two assists, giving him four goals and seven assists (11 points) in his last seven games.