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Olympic wake-up call: McMorris, Toutant and Parrot soar into slopestyle final – CBC Sports



Mark McMorris says he’ll pull out all his toughest tricks in his bid for a second Olympic slopestyle medal.

The 28-year-old from Regina led a trio of Canadian snowboarders into the slopestyle final at the 2022 Beijing Olympic Winter Games on Sunday.

The 2018 Olympic bronze medallist posted the the second-highest score of the day, as Sébastien Toutant qualified in seventh, and Max Parrot in 10th after their two runs.

“To be given a berth into tomorrow’s final and at least have a shot at a medal, that’s most important,” McMorris said.

“Yeah, just trying to put it all together from top to bottom isn’t an easy task.”

WATCH | While You Were Sleeping: Day 1

While You Were Sleeping: Figure skater Madeline Schizas shines, Canadians qualify for snowboard slopestyle final

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Canadians made headlines in men’s snowboard slopestyle and figure skating. Catch up on it all with CBC Sports’ Jacqueline Doorey. 4:50

McMorris is coming off an X Games gold medal in slopestyle only two weeks ago, and will look to return to the podium in the slopestyle final, which you can watch live on, the CBC Sports app, and CBC Gem on Sunday beginning at 11:10 p.m. ET.

WATCH | Mark McMorris leads trio of Canadians into Olympic snowboard slopestyle final:

Mark McMorris leads trio of Canadians into Olympic snowboard slopestyle final

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Duration 7:46

Mark McMorris qualified in second place, Sebastien Toutant qualified in eighth place and Max Parrot qualified in tenth place, as all three Canadians advanced to the men’s snowboard slopestyle final at the Beijing 2022 Olympics. 7:46

Canadians miss podium in women’s moguls

For the first time since 2002, there will not be a Canadian on the women’s Olympic moguls podium.

Chloé Dufour-Lapointe — the 2014 Olympic silver medallist — was the top Canadian, finishing in ninth place with a score of 72.96 in the second round of the three-round final.

Sofiane Gagnon, a 22-year-old Olympic rookie from Whistler, B.C., had made it into the second round, but fell on her run and did not finish.

Justine Dufour-Lapointe , Chloe’s sister, did not advance to the second round, crashing in her run. Although the two-time Olympic medallist did not technically finish, she called for another pole to finish her run down the hill.

WATCH | Justine Dufour-Lapointe crashes out of moguls competition:

Justine Dufour-Lapointe crashes out of moguls competition

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The 2014 Olympic champion lost control during her run in Final 1 at Beijing 2022. 2:57

“Life is not always so easy. But I just want to make sure everyone at home knows that I never gave up,” an emotional Justine Dufour-Lapointe said after her run.

“I fought over those past four years, so hard, to give you that Justine [that] was willing to take risks, and ski with fire and dignity, and that’s the only thing tonight I did. It’s not an easy one, but I’m going to keep smiling through it.”

Morris, Homan steal a win for Canada

I’ll just let John Morris contextualize last night’s match for you: “We grabbed a win from the depths of defeat in that one. That was a wild one.”

No kidding.

Rachel Homan and Morris were pushed to the brink against the Czech Republic in mixed doubles curling.

But the Canadian duo made one clutch shot after another down the stretch, forcing an extra end, and stealing two points to come away with a thrilling 7-5 win at the National Aquatics Centre — a.k.a. The Ice Cube.

WATCH | Highlights: Homan, Morris win a thriller in mixed doubles

Highlights: Homan, Morris steal victory for Canada in mixed doubles curling

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Duration 13:20

Canada’s Rachel Homan and John Morris defeats Czech Republic 7-5 in an extra end. The Canadian mixed doubles curling duo improve to 5-2 and are tied for second place with Great Britain. 13:20

Down by one point going into the final stone of the eighth end, Homan delivered with a draw for two – with their play clock winding down – to send it to an extra end.

Although the Czechs had the hammer, Canada was unfazed stealing two in the extra end, leaving the Czechs without much of a shot on their last rock.

“That was probably the most dramatic curling game I’ve ever been a part of,” Morris said.

The Canadians now carry a 5-2 was record and control their own fate to make it into the semifinal, with two round robin matches to go.

The pair are back on the ice at 7 a.m., ET, where they can clinch a playoff berth with a win against the Australians — who themselves had a wild day. 

Tahli Gill and Dean Hewitt originally withdrew from their Sunday match against Switzerland over a positive COVID-19 test, only to be allowed to compete at the last minute and come away with the country’s first ever win in Olympic curling.

Bloemen falls short in 5,000 metres

Calgary’s Ted-Jan Bloemen failed to reach the podium in a tough 5,000 metre race.

The 2018 Olympic silver medallist in the event started strong, getting out ahead of the lead pace by the 1,400-metre mark.

But the 35-year-old couldn’t keep it up, finishing in 10th place, 10.27 seconds behind world-record holder Nils van der Poel of Sweden, who set an Olympic record en route to the gold medal.

“I don’t know what happened,” a dejected Bloemen said, adding he executed his race plan.

“I’m really confused. I don’t understand it. I don’t know what to say.”

Bloemen will have another shot at a podium, skating the 10,000 metres on Feb. 11, in a race which he is the defending Olympic champion. The 25-year-old van der Poel is also competing and is expected to medal, being the current world record holder at the distance as well.

WATCH | Canadian speed skater Ted-Jan Bloemen finishes 10th in men’s 5,000m:

Canadian speed skater Ted-Jan Bloemen finishes 10th in men’s 5,000m

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Duration 7:55

Two-time Olympic medallist Ted-Jan Bloemen of Canada placed 10th in the men’s speed skating 5,000m final with a time of 6:19.11. 7:55

Keegan Messing update

He’s en route!

Keegan Messing passed his fourth and final PCR test and is on his way to Beijing from Montreal.

He will arrive in Beijing in time to compete in the men’s program, despite missing the men’s singles portion of the team event. He’s set to skate in the men’s singles event on Monday at 8:15 p.m. ET.

Blouin falls just short of podium

Laurie Blouin narrowly missed out on a second Olympic slopestyle medal.

The 25-year-old from Quebec City, and 2018 Olympic silver medallist, finished fourth in the final posting a score of 81.41.

“I’m stoked but I was so close. I need to be proud of myself,” Blouin said after the competition.

Blouin will also compete in the big air competition next week. She made the final at the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, but fell on her first jump and after failing to land her second and scoring 39.25, didn’t attempt a third.

However she won the gold medal in the event at the world championships last year, as well as a gold at the 2019 X Games.

WATCH | Quebec’s Laurie Blouin just misses landing on Olympic snowboard slopestyle podium:

Quebec’s Laurie Blouin just misses landing on Olympic snowboard slopestyle podium

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Duration 2:26

2018 Olympic silver medallist Laurie Blouin of Stoneham, Que., finished in fourth place in the women’s snowboard slopestyle final at the Beijing 2022 Olympics. 2:26

Canadian powers it out in skiathlon 

Olivier Léveillé was the top Canadian in the men’s 30-kilometre skiathlon.

The 20-year-old from Sherbrooke, Que., finished 31st in the race in one hour, 23 minutes and 42 seconds.

“It went well. It’s a tough course but I tried to go at my pace,” Léveillé said. “Definitely in that second half, the pace really picked up. I didn’t reach my goal, I wanted a top-30. But I’ll have other chances.”

Antoine Cyr, 23, from Gatineau finished in 42nd, and 21-year-old Remi Drolet from Rossland, B.C., did not finish the race, having been lapped by the leader.

Russian Olympic Committee racers Alexander Bolshunov and Denis Spitsov took the top two places on the podium. Heavy medal favourite Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo, of Norway, finished in a shocking 40th place.

Strong winds force postponement of men’s downhill

The men’s alpine skiing downhill event is now scheduled for 11 p.m. ET on Sunday as strong winds postponed the event from its originally scheduled time.

Broderick Thompson, Jack Crawford and Brodie Seger are the three Canadians competing.

The third practice session was also scrapped because of the wind, but both Thompson and Crawford put up strong times in their respective sessions. Crawford finished fifth in the first training run, with Thompson posting the third-best time in the second run.

WATCH | Canada’s Broderick Thompson finishes 3rd in downhill training run:

Canada’s Broderick Thompson finishes 3rd in downhill training run

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Duration 1:02

Broderick Thompson from Whistler, B.C., completes his Olympic alpine downhill training session with a time of 1:43.92. 1:02

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Palat leads Lightning past Avalanche to keep Stanley Cup run alive – CBC Sports



The Stanley Cup was in the building and just waiting to be paraded around the ice.

Pack it up. It’s heading back to Tampa Bay.

The resilient Lightning spoiled Colorado’s party to stay in the hunt for a third straight Stanley Cup title, beating the Avalanche 3-2 on Friday night in Game 5.

Ondrej Palat scored with 6:22 remaining and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 35 shots in front of a raucous crowd hoping to celebrate the Avalanche’s first championship in 21 years.

“That’s what good teams do — you find a way,” Lightning forward Corey Perry said. “Keep plugging along. This is fun. This is what hockey’s all about, different guys stepping up at different times.”

Game 6 is Sunday night in Tampa. The Lightning trail the best-of-seven series 3-2.

“Listen, this is a huge challenge for us,” Lightning forward Pat Maroon said. “An exciting challenge, too. You’ve got to be excited for this challenge and embrace it.”

The Cup was all shined up and ready for the moment — almost beckoning to the Avalanche from the side. It’s back on the road for the Avalanche, where they’re 8-1 so far in their playoff run.

WATCH l Palat’s winner keeps Lightning’s Stanley Cup three-peat bid alive:

Lightning edge Avalanche with Palat’s winner in Game 5 of Stanley Cup final

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Tampa Bay beats Colorado 3-2 and now trails the best-of-seven Stanley Cup final series 3-2.

“We have belief in our room that we can win every game we go out and play,” defenceman Devon Toews said. “We feel like we had a decent game tonight, pretty good game. Obviously it wasn’t enough tonight.”

Nikita Kucherov and defenceman Jan Rutta also scored for the Lightning. Valeri Nichushkin and Cale Makar had goals for Colorado. Makar’s third-period tally bounced off the skate of Erik Cernak and through the pads of Vasilevskiy to tie it at 2.

That set the stage for Palat, whose shot slipped through the pads of Darcy Kuemper. It was Palat’s 16th career go-ahead playoff goal, which trails only Brayden Point (18) in franchise history.

“I thought I played it well, slid over,” Kuemper said. “It just found a little hole.”

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Should Nazem Kadri’s Game 4 OT winner have counted?

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The Avalanche took a 3-1 series lead in the Stanley Cup final, but not without controversy.

Tampa Bay regrouped after an emotional Game 4 loss at home on a overtime goal from Colorado forward Nazem Kadri. The Lightning felt the Avalanche might have had too many players on the ice on the winner.

A similar too-many-players-on-the-ice scenario unfolded Friday — and this time it was called. With 2:43 remaining, the Lightning went on the power play and made it so that Colorado couldn’t pull Kuemper until the final moments. They weathered the Avalanche’s late barrage.

Just the Lightning showing their championship mettle. They’ve already rallied back from a 3-2 deficit to Toronto in the first round, and climbed out of a 2-0 hole against the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference finals.

Completing this comeback series win would put them in an entirely different category. Only one team has rallied to capture a Game 7 in the final after trailing 3-1 in a series — the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs.

This is a gritty Lightning squad that’s showing no signs of slowing down against a speedy Avalanche team and even after all the contests they’ve logged. Tampa Bay has played in 67 postseason games since the start of the first round in 2020, nearly an entire extra season.

Their resolve has impressed Lightning coach Jon Cooper. His team improved to 3-0 this season when facing potential elimination games.

“The mental fortitude you have to have to play in the environment they just played in, there’s a reason these guys have a couple rings on their fingers,” Cooper said.

The Avalanche are trying to capture their first title since 2001. The Avalanche fans were out in full force — both inside the building (an upper-level ticket on game day was going for around $1,500 US) and outside at a nearby watch party.

“It’s not supposed to be easy and it’s not going to be easy,” Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog said. “We knew that coming into this. We knew that coming into tonight. … Short memory in the playoffs and that’s what we’re going to do.”

The Avalanche are 2 for 2 in their visits to the Stanley Cup Final. They also won in 1996, which was their inaugural season in Denver after relocating from Quebec.

Soon after Nichushkin tied it at 1-apiece in the second, Kucherov knocked in a goal off the post. The power-play goal was with Alex Killorn in the box for holding, along with J.T. Compher (holding the stick) and Makar (tripping), making for a 4-on-3 situation.

Bednar wasn’t exactly thrilled with the call on Makar.

“There was no intent there. I don’t even think he was checking that guy,” Bednar said. “Look to me like he kind of tripped over a stick. It’s a tough one.”

Kuemper finished with 26 saves.

“He was OK,” Bednar said. “I’d like to see him get the first one, obviously.”

That first one would be Rutta’s score less than five minutes into the game that zapped some of the energy from the crowd. It was his first goal of the playoffs.

“We’ve been here. Have we been down 3-1? No,” Cooper said. “But we’ve been in these situations where we know the feeling of being in an elimination game.”

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Heartbreaking end for Edmonton Oil Kings at Memorial Cup – Toronto Sun



The Oil Kings lost 4-2 to the Hamilton Bulldogs in the final round-robin game for each team at Harbour Station arena Friday, eliminating them from the tournament

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SAINT JOHN, N.B. — A championship season came to a crashing end for the Edmonton Oil Kings at the 2022 Memorial Cup.

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The Oil Kings lost 4-2 to the Hamilton Bulldogs in the final round-robin game for each team at Harbour Station arena Friday, eliminating them from the tournament.

The Bulldogs move on to the semifinal Monday against either the host Saint John Sea Dogs or QMJHL champion Shawinigan Cataractes, who play Saturday to determine top spot.

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Mason McTavish scored a pair of goals, while Avery Hayes and Ryan Winterton had the others for the Bulldogs, who had lost their first two games of the tournament, but advanced with the win. Marco Costantini made 40 saves.

“It was a gritty effort,” said Bulldogs head coach Jay McKee. “We obviously got fantastic goaltending, it was one of the best games I’ve seen Cosy play, and I’ve seen him play a lot of games. We’ve got some guys that are banged up that are playing through things, like a lot of teams here, and I was just impressed with the effort; the guys left it all out there.”

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Jalen Luypen and Carter Souch scored for the Oil Kings, who only needed a tie in regulation to advance with the new points system announced by the CHL on the even of the tournament. Sebastian Cossa made 32 saves.

“I thought this was actually our best game of the tournament,” said Oil Kings head coach Brad Lauer. “I thought we were a lot more engaged and had more purpose to our game. We generated a lot of opportunities and unfortunately, we didn’t finish a lot of them.”

The Bulldogs needed to win the game in regulation to earn all three points for the win and move into third spot in the standings ahead of the Oil Kings. Teams are only awarded two points for an overtime loss, while the loser gets one.

Hamilton opened the scoring on the power play nine minutes into the first period. Hayes took a pass from Logan Morrison at the side of the net and was able stuff the puck in through Cossa to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead.

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Hamilton increased their lead to 2-0 with less than four minutes in the period with another power-play goal.

Defenceman Nathan Staios was able to leap up and keep a puck in the zone. He slid it over to McTavish, who fired it across the ice to Morrison and he in turn, sent it back across the ice to Winterton for a tap in.

“Playing with those guys on the power play, it’s so easy to get points,” Winterton said. “It’s easy to produce because they find you so easily. It was a great goal and I’m thankful for Logan for finding me.”

In the second period, the Oil Kings took the play to the Bulldogs but were unable to cut into the deficit.

The Bulldogs sustained a big blow when Staios was injured after being hit into the corner from behind by Oil Kings defenceman Simon Kubicek, who had lofted the puck into the zone and then gave chase after it. Kubicek was not assessed a penalty and Staios watched then rest of the game from the stands.

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“Nathan is already playing – like a number of guys – a little sore in some areas,” McKee said. “I mean if that’s not a hit from behind, I need to understand what is. Looking at the tape, it was directly from behind and he’s hurting, he sore.

“He clearly didn’t come back in the game and I certainly would have liked to have seen a different call there.”

Edmonton out-shot Hamilton 15-9 in the period and the best chance they had to score fell to Josh Williams, who fanned on a shot in front off a centring pass from Carter Souch.

“I thought it was the best game of the tournament for us,” said Neighbours. “That was the closest to I’ve seen all tournament since we’ve been here. We just couldn’t finish early, but I’m proud of the guys, they never quit.”

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Luypen scored shorthanded two minutes into the third period to cut the deficit to 2-1. He took a drop pass from Jaxsen Wiebe just inside the Bulldogs zone and snapped a shot short side on Costantini.

The one-goal deficit made for a tense final 15 minutes as the Oil Kings poured on the pressure looking for the tying goal.

Costantini made an outstanding save on Brendan Kuny, who had been set up on cross-crease pass. The Bulldogs goaltender then somehow managed to stop Jake Neighbours at the side of the net on a tip-in attempt.

McTavish extended the lead to 3-1 with six and-a-half minutes remaining, one-timing a shot from the left face-off circle over the shoulder of Cossa.

“It was nice to get that one, we were kind of getting outplayed in the third,” McTavish said. “We expected them to have a big push there and it was their season on the line. We expected it, but it was nice to get that one.”

Souch cut the lead to 3-2 with 2:46 left in the game on a shot that found its way through traffic past Costantini with Cossa on the bench for the extra attacker.

It was as close as the Oil Kings would get, however. McTavish scored into an empty net as time expired in the contest.

“I think we were able to get through that with the experience we have in close games,” McTavish said. “Obviously it’s a lot different here, they’re championship teams and they have a lot of skill over there and they pushed really hard, but I think our experience helped us.”


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3 Keys: Lightning at Avalanche, Game 5 of Stanley Cup Final –



(3A) Lightning at (1C) Avalanche

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Colorado leads best-of-7 series 3-1

The Colorado Avalanche can win the Stanley Cup for the first time since 2001 with a victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final at Ball Arena in Denver on Friday.

The Avalanche took a 3-1 lead in the best-of-7 series with a 3-2 overtime win in Game 4 on Wednesday. Colorado is 15-3 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, including 7-2 at Ball Arena, but know this home game will be different with the Stanley Cup in the building.

“You try to treat it like another day, but you’re going to have thoughts of different things that haven’t been there all year,” Avalanche defenseman Bowen Byram said. “But you’ve just got to stick to your routine, do what you’ve done every other day you’ve come to the rink and just make sure that you’re prepared to play your best tonight.”

The Lightning will seek to become the second team in NHL history to rally from down 3-1 in a best-of-7 Cup Final. Tampa Bay came back from trailing 3-2 in the first round against the Toronto Maple Leafs and a 2-0 hole against the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Final. 

[RELATED: Stanley Cup Final coverage | Stanley Cup Final schedule]

Now the Lightning need three straight wins against the Avalanche to become the first team to win the Stanley Cup in three consecutive seasons since the New York Islanders won four straight championships from 1980-83.

“You just don’t know how many opportunities, how many kicks you’re going to get at it,” Lightning forward Alex Killorn said. “I think for us it’s easier to think that you’ll be back every year just because of how things have been going. That’s just not the reality. There’s a lot of guys in the room that haven’t won Cups, guys that have been in a lot of situations like this in the past, so there’s a lot on the line and you just want to make sure you make the most of these situations.”

Here are 3 keys to Game 5:

1. Be smart at the start

Colorado started fast in winning each of the first two games of the series at home, grabbing a 2-0 lead in the opening 9:23 of Game 1 and a 3-0 lead by 13:52 of the first period in Game 2. With the chance to win the Stanley Cup in front of their fans, the Avalanche will try to jump on the Lightning early again, but they will also need to control their emotions and keep their focus regardless of how the start goes.

“Any time — a playoff game, a regular season game — you want to start well,” Avalanche forward J.T. Compher said. “We’ve done that at home, but it’s going to be 60 minutes. We’ve talked about it. The hardest one to win is the one to close out a team, especially a team like this. So we know whether the start goes our way or not the first five, 10 minutes, it’s going to be a 60-minute effort, maybe even more. We’ll be ready to play our way for as long as it takes.”

Conversely, the Lightning will need to do a better job of weathering the early Avalanche storm than they did in the first two games.

2. Status of Point, Cernak, Cirelli, Burakovsky

Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said forward Andre Burakovsky, who hasn’t played since being hit in the hand with the puck in the second period of Game 2, is “a possibility for tonight.” Things are less clear for the banged-up Lightning with forwards Brayden Point and Anthony Cirelli and defenseman Erik Cernak. 

Point returned to play the first two games of the Cup Final after missing 10 games with a lower-body injury, but was unable to play the past two games. Cernak left Game 4 in the second period after blocking a shot from Nathan MacKinnon off his leg. Cirelli returned to finish Game 4 after appearing to injure his arm in the second period, but his status is unclear for Game 5.

“This is definitely a game-time decision with a few of our guys,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. “‘Cernie’ is feeling better, though. I’m pretty confident he’s going to play tonight.”

3. Balance of power

The Avalanche have been dominant on special teams in the Cup Final. Colorado is 6-for-13 (46.2 percent) on its power play and has killed 13 of 14 (92.9 percent) Tampa Bay power plays.

Failing to stop the Avalanche power play while not converting on their own has been a difficult combination for the Lightning to overcome in the series.

“We’d like to score on the power play. We’d like to be more productive,” Killorn said. “But more importantly, I think we’ve got to just keep them off the power play. They obviously have had a great power play and it seems like the way they’re going, pucks are kind of bouncing off skates and that’s what a good power play does. It puts themselves in a good chance and a good opportunity to score. So I think keep them off the power play and even if we do, we have tighten up and do a little better job getting pucks out of the zone.”

Lightning projected lineup

Ondrej PalatSteven StamkosNikita Kucherov

Brandon Hagel — Anthony Cirelli — Alex Killorn

Ross Colton — Brayden Point — Nicholas Paul

Pat MaroonPierre-Edouard BellemareCorey Perry

Victor HedmanJan Rutta

Ryan McDonaghErik Cernak

Mikhail SergachevZach Bogosian

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Brian Elliott

Scratched: Cal Foote, Frederik Claesson, Riley Nash

Injured: None

Avalanche projected lineup

Artturi Lehkonen — Nathan MacKinnon — Mikko Rantanen

Gabriel LandeskogNazem KadriValeri Nichushkin

Alex Newhook — J.T. Compher — Logan O’Connor

Darren HelmAndrew CoglianoNico Sturm

Devon ToewsCale Makar

Jack JohnsonJosh Manson

Bowen ByramErik Johnson

Darcy Kuemper

Pavel Francouz

Scratched: Justus Annunen, Ryan Murray, Kurtis MacDermid, Jacob MacDonald, Jayson Megna, Nicolas Aube-Kubel

Injured: Samuel Girard (sternum), Andre Burakovsky (hand)

Status report

The Lighting held an optional morning skate. … If Burakovsky is able to play, Sturm or O’Connor likely would be scratched.

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