Ahead Alex Killorn, who hasn’t performed since taking a puck off his skate in Recreation 1, remains to be thought of uncertain because the Tampa Bay Lightning attempt to clinch the Stanley Cup on residence ice towards the Montreal Canadiens in Recreation 5 on Wednesday evening.
Killorn was on the ice for warm-ups previous to Recreation 4 however didn’t play. He additionally didn’t participate in an elective skate on Wednesday morning.
“I might say Killorn might be in the identical scenario he was the final sport,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper mentioned. “In all probability uncertain.”
Cooper mentioned the Lightning will not have any lineup modifications if Killorn is out once more. After Tyler Johnson frolicked in Killorn’s spot on the wing with Steven Stamkos and Anthony Cirelli for Video games 2 and three, winger Ross Colton moved as much as skate with them in Recreation 4. Johnson returned to middle on the group’s fourth line with Pat Maroon and Mathieu Joseph, which generated the tying objective within the third interval earlier than Montreal received in extra time to stop a Tampa Bay sweep.
Killorn shouldn’t be solely a key offensive ahead for the Lightning but additionally a useful particular groups participant who contributes to the primary power-play unit and on the penalty kill.
“He is an important participant. He is received his fingerprints throughout this group,” mentioned winger Blake Coleman. “He is nice 5-on-5 and puck possession man. He is bodily. There’s not many issues he would not do for us. We definitely miss him when he is not within the lineup, however fortunately now we have a ‘subsequent man up’ mentality and a whole lot of depth on this room. However there are definitely areas the place his presence is missed.”
With a win in Recreation 5, the Lightning would turn into the primary residence group to lift the Stanley Cup since 2015, after they watched the Blackhawks rejoice in Chicago. Tampa Bay is 14-0 within the playoffs after a loss for the reason that begin of the 2020 event.