BRANDON, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Lightning center Tyler Johnson isn't sure if he'll be taking faceoffs in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Chicago Blackhawks at Amalie Arena on Saturday (8 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).
Johnson took one faceoff in Game 2, a 4-3 Lightning win, and hasn't taken a faceoff since. He took 15 faceoffs in Game 1 and won six of them, but Tampa Bay won 53 percent of the faceoffs in that game. In the three games that followed the Lightning have won 35, 42, and 34 percent of the faceoffs.
Chicago earned a 2-1 win in Game 4 and tied the best-of-seven series at 2-2.
There has been plenty of speculation about Johnson's health. His lack of faceoffs and dwindling shot total in the Cup Final would suggest he's struggling with injuries.
"I think everyone's banged up," Johnson said. "When you play this long … you're doing that, you're going to be bumped up a little bit, but it doesn't matter right now. It's the Stanley Cup. There's a maximum three games left and then you've got all summer to rest. You work this hard to get here, you want to win it."