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Palat, Filppula return to practice; Bishop remains out

by Missy Zielinski / Tampa Bay Lightning

A question mark surrounded Tampa Bay Lightning netminder Ben Bishop heading into the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs and it will remain there at least through Game 1.

Bishop did not practice with the Lightning Tuesday and while head coach Jon Cooper did not provide anything further on his status, he did say he would not be available come Wednesday.

While Bishop remains sidelined with an undisclosed upper body injury, Ondrej Palat (upper body) and Valtteri Filppula (lower body) re-joined the team Tuesday.

"For those two it was good to get them rest for a couple of games," Steven Stamkos said. "They're a huge piece of the team. We knew they'd be ready come playoff time."

Both Filppula and Palat are expected to play tomorrow.

All In The Family

Lightning forward Ryan Callahan, 29, and Canadiens captain Brian Gionta, 35, both grew up in Greece, N.Y., a suburb of Rochester. As kids Callahan hung out with Gionta's younger brother Stephen, 30, now a forward for the New Jersey Devils. Gionta hung out with Callahan's older brother Mike.

"Both our families are still close today," Callahan said. "I was always over their house a ton as a kid playing outside street hockey with Stevie. It's definitely going to be cool to meet him now in the playoffs."

Practice: Lines
  • Palat-Johnson-Stamkos
  • Killorn-Filppula-Callahan
  • Brown-Paquette-Kucherov
  • Purcell-Thompson-Panik
  • Crombeen-Pyatt-Kunyk

(Cody Kunyk is ineligible to appear in the playoffs due to signing after the trade deadline)

Practice: Power Play
  • First Unit – Hedman-Stamkos-Palat-Filppula-Callahan
  • Second Unit – Carle-Kostka-Killorn-Purcell-Johnson
Practice: Defensive Pairings
  • Hedman-Salo
  • Carle-Gudas
  • Brewer-Kostka
  • Aulie-Sustr
  • Barberio
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