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Lightning's Stamkos practices in regular jersey

Tampa Bay captain not expected to play in Game 2 vs. Penguins

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / Deputy Managing Editor

PITTSBURGH -- Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos skated in a regular jersey during practice at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh on Sunday but is not expected to play in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

The Lightning lead the best-of-7 series 1-0.

Stamkos centered the fourth line with J.T. Brown and Vladislav Namestnikov during 5-on-5 drills and worked on special teams.

Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman told the Tampa Bay Times that Stamkos' status has not changed. Stamkos did not speak with reporters Sunday.

"You're getting to a point where we're kind of in that holding pattern," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "He's feeling good because he's been on the ice so much more and he's getting himself back into game shape and into these situations. I think there is a little bit to him that he feels fine, and it's not like he's coming back from a broken bone, a [Anton] Stralman situation where it's a pain tolerance thing. I think that's probably what's a little frustrating for him, because he's got to wait for other people to tell him he can play. He's not the one making the decision, and I think that's what's really tough."

Stamkos hasn't played in the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs following surgery April 4 to remove a blood clot near his right collarbone. He said Friday he is still taking blood thinner medication and can't play until he is off it.

Lightning goalie Ben Bishop did not practice. He is considered day-to-day after sustaining a lower-body injury in the first period of Game 1 on Friday. Cooper did not rule Bishop out for Game 2, but it appears unlikely he will play.

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"I'm just taking it day by day right now," Bishop said Sunday. "It feels better than it did [Saturday]. It's just a matter of getting to where it feels good enough to think that you can go out there and help the team win."

Goalies Andrei Vasilevskiy, who made 25 saves in relief of Bishop in Tampa Bay's 3-1 victory, and Kristers Gudlevskis practiced Sunday.

"I'm not going to sit here and say Ben's going to play [Monday]," Cooper said. "We'll evaluate that today and [Monday]. It did have a bleak scenario [at the] start to it. Again, extremely important players to our team. To have them, whether they're coming back [Monday] or very soon, we need that, especially in the conference finals."

Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman, sidelined since March 25 with a fractured left fibula, is also day-to-day.

"Stralman's looking good," Cooper said. "He's getting closer. Now we're getting to a point where Stralman's definitely day-to-day, and it's great news because he's an extremely important player on our team. It's just to be up to [Stralman] now, how he's feeling. I haven't talked to him since practice ended, but it's been encouraging to watch him play (in practice). Looking at him right now in practice, people wouldn't even think he was hurt. He's not favoring anything, so it's a really good sign."

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