Jason Garrison D TB 3 days ago

Garrison (upper body) returned to action Thursday and picked up an assist in 14:14.

They eased him back into action and he looked fine. His presence should provide the Bolts with stability on the back end.

Jason Garrison D TB 3 days ago

Garrison (upper body) is on the ice for pregame warmups ahead of Thursday's Game 4 against the Red Wings, Chuck Pleiness of the Macomb Daily reports.

Garrison is considered a game-time decision, but he hinted that he should be able to play. Given his participation in warmups, he'll likely be in the lineup for Thursday's game.

Jason Garrison D TB 3 days ago

Garrison (upper body) will be a game-time decision for Thursday's Game 4 against the Red Wings, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Coach Jon Cooper wouldn't divulge his lineup for Game 4, but for what it's worth, Garrison said he would be "comfortable" playing if needed. It hasn't been determined yet if Garrison will take part in warmups, but if he does, it would more than likely foreshadow his return to the lineup. Should Garrison indeed suit up, it's unclear who he might replace in the lineup, though rookie Nikita Nesterov would seem the most vulnerable after logging the fewest minutes of the Bolts' blueliners in Game 3.

Jason Garrison D TB 5 days ago

Garrison has been ruled out from playing in Tuesday's Game 3 against the Red Wings.

As expected, Garrison will sit out a ninth consecutive contest. On a positive note, coach Jon Cooper indicated that he's still hopeful that Garrison will be available at some point in the series, as the blueliner has been able to increase his contact during practices of late.

Jason Garrison D TB 6 days ago

Garrison (upper body) is unlikely to play Tuesday against the Red Wings, NHL.com's Bryan Burns reports.

While Garrison hasn't been officially ruled out for the contest, coach Jon Cooper acknowledged Monday that the blueliner is "probably out for tomorrow."

Jason Garrison D TB 1 week ago

Garrison (upper body) will not play on Saturday in Game 2 against the Red Wings, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

As expected, Smith will not suit up for Game 2 against the Red Wings on Saturday. However, Garrison has indicated that he's close to returning, and hopes to return to the Bolts' lineup sometime next week. His next chance to play will come on Tuesday.

Jason Garrison D TB 1 week ago

Garrison (upper body) said he's unlikely to play Saturday in Game 2 against the Red Wings, Erik Erlandsson of the Tampa Tribune reports.

Garrison indicated that he's close to returning and hopes to be back sometime next week. Following Saturday's game, the Lightning play Game 3 on Tuesday and Game 4 on Thursday.

Jason Garrison D TB 2 weeks ago

Garrison (upper body) has been ruled out for Game 1 of the Lightning's first-round playoff series against the Red Wings, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Garrison was cleared for contact ahead of Wednesday's practice, but it doesn't sound like he'll have enough time before Thursday's opener to get the necessary amount of reps in. The blueliner should continue to skate with the team Thursday morning and practice again Friday, which could put him on track to be ready by the time Game 2 rolls around.

Jason Garrison D TB 2 weeks ago

Garrison (upper body) shed his no-contact jersey for Wednesday's practice, NHL.com's Bryan Burns reports.

It's the first time Garrison has been able to fully practice with teammates since suffering his injury March 28. Garrison slotted in on the Bolts' fourth pairing during the session, which suggests he'll still unlikely to play in Game 1 of the team's first-round playoff series with the Red Wings on Thursday. However, it's clear he's progressing from the injury, so expect to see him enter the lineup at some point during the first round.

Jason Garrison D TB 2 weeks ago

Garrison (upper body) practiced Monday in a no-contact capacity, Matt Baker of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Garrison stepped up his workload during Monday's session, but the blueliner isn't optimistic of his prospects for the early part of the Lightning's first-round series against the Red Wings. "I don't know what's going to happen this week," Garrison said, regarding a potential return date. "I'm making progress every day. Still lots to gain, but I think if my body responds well, hopefully (I'll return) sooner than later." Garrison is one of three injured Lightning defensemen narrowing in on a return to action at some point in the series.