Lightning winger Ondrej Palat returns to Lightning for playoff run

The Lightning were eliminated by the San Jose Sharks in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals, but the team will return to the playoffs with a win over the Lightning on Wednesday night.

Lightning coach Jon Cooper told reporters Wednesday that Palat will play against the Lightning in the second round of the playoffs and that the team plans to call him up from the AHL to face the New York Rangers on Thursday.

Cooper also indicated that forward Tyler Johnson will get his first NHL action this weekend.

The Lightning are 1-1-0 in the playoffs.