The Tampa Bay Lightning are still dealing with injuries on their blue line, but at least the Bolts will have six defensemen in the lineup when they take on the Anaheim Ducks tonight at Honda Center as they continue their three-game California swing.
After defeating the Los Angeles Kings 6-4 on Tuesday with just four healthy defensemen available and able to play due to salary cap constraints, the Lightning will bring Andrej Sustr and Fredrik Claesson into their lineup against the Ducks. Sustr has been skating with Tampa Bay's taxi squad since December 27. Claesson was recalled Thursday from the Bolts' American Hockey League affiliate in Syracuse.
Sustr and Claesson will play versus Anaheim because Erik Cernak and Jan Rutta remain out with lower-body injuries. Additionally, Zach Bogosian is in the first week of a lower-body injury that will force him to miss two to three weeks.