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Lightning's Callahan to play in Game 1

by David Satriano /

NEW YORK -- Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Callahan, who had an emergency appendectomy on Monday, will be in the lineup for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Rangers on Saturday (1 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

Callahan, who missed a series-clinching Game 6 victory against the Montreal Canadiens in the second round Tuesday, practiced on Friday. He said he felt good and would see how he felt on Saturday before deciding if he would play or not.

"He will be in warm-ups," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "We will make a decision then. Pretty tough kid though so I'm pretty sure he will play."

Callahan, who played with the Rangers for seven and a half seasons, has three assists in 12 playoff games. He had 24 goals and 30 assists during the regular season.

Here are the projected lineups:


Ondrej Palat - Tyler JohnsonNikita Kucherov

Alex Killorn - Valtteri Filppula - Steven Stamkos

Jonathan Marchessault - Cedric Paquette - Ryan Callahan

Brenden Morrow - Vladislav Namestnikov - J.T. Brown

Victor HedmanAnton Stralman

Jason GarrisonBraydon Coburn

Matthew CarleAndrej Sustr

Ben Bishop

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Scratched: Mark Barberio, Jonathan Drouin, Nikita Nesterov

Injured: Brian Boyle (undisclosed)


Rick Nash - Derick Brassard - Martin St. Louis

Chris Kreider - Derek Stepan - Jesper Fast

Carl Hagelin - Dominic Moore - Kevin Hayes

Tanner Glass - James Sheppard - J.T. Miller

Ryan McDonagh - Dan Girardi

Marc Staal - Dan Boyle

Keith Yandle - Kevin Klein

Henrik Lundqvist

Cam Talbot

Scratched: Chris Summers, Ryan Bourque, Matt Hunwick

Injured: Mats Zuccarello (upper body)

Status report: Glass, who had a maintenance day on Friday is in the lineup.

Who's hot: Kucherov had six goals in six games against the Montreal Canadiens in the second round.

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