Less than 24 hours after losing both Simon Gagne
and Pavel Kubina
to injuries, Tampa Bay Lightning
coach Guy Boucher
listed both players as "day-to-day" and couldn't say for sure if one, neither or both will play on Sunday night in Game 2 of this Eastern Conference Semifinal against the Washington Capitals
Jones missed the final 16 games of the regular season with a sprained ankle and did not play at all during Tampa Bay's seven-game series victory against Pittsburgh. Boucher, though, deemed Jones -- who last played on March 7 against these Caps -- ready if Kubina is unable to play Sunday night.
"He's ready to go," Boucher said of Jones. "He knows exactly what to do. He was playing against some top lines before he got injured."
Boucher wouldn't commit to a replacement for Gagne, who was hit by Scott Hannan
7:22 into the opening period of Game 1 and hit his head on the ice. A stretcher came out, but Gagne -- who has a history of concussions -- was able to leave the playing surface with the help of two trainers.
"I think the option of being prepared is having Option A, B and C. So, I guess we'll prepare D the rest of the day," Boucher said. "We have to prepare for different scenarios because there are really different scenarios that are possible. It's not clear cut at all."
Kubina, a defenseman who averaged 19:13 of ice time during the regular season, was hit by Jason Chimera
late in the second period and was unable to return. Lightning center Steven Stamkos
said he spoke with both Kubina and Gagne earlier Sunday and found them to be doing well given the circumstances.
"I haven't heard anything for sure if they're in or not," Stamkos said. "If we don't have them, it's two big holes and it's going to be tough to fill. (But) we found a way all year to fill those holes. Guys have stepped up and filled those shoes. That's the beauty about our team. We have guys that are willing to step up. Obviously we want them in the lineup and healthy as quick as possible, but we've got guys that are hungry for those roles."
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