Lightning head coach Jon Cooper indicated Tuesday morning that Vincent Lecavalier is near a return to action.

Lecavalier practiced with the red (no-contact) jersey Tuesday.

"It was pretty exciting to see. He's definitely not going tonight but there's hope for Thursday. It would be great to have him back," Cooper said.

On March 14 Lecavalier was declared out due to a lower-body injury, believed to be a foot issue.

Cooper said Lecavalier kept telling him he felt "good" during Tuesday's session.