Malone out Thursday, uncertain for this weekend
What was initially thought of as innocent collision between two teammates turned into a very frustrating situation for wing Ryan Malone.
Malone, who ran into C Nate Thompson late in Monday's practice, suffered an undisclosed lower body injury that not only kept him out Tuesday, it'll also lead him to miss Thursday's game in Ottawa and potentially Saturday's game in Montreal. Malone was upset enough after the injury that he slammed his stick against the boards.
"It was not obviously something very serious, but something that it's just best right now to wait and make sure everything is good," Malone said.
Where Malone is missed especially is the power play, where his large frame is typically placed in front of the net. The Lightning has the league's worst power play on the road (8.8 percent), and with Malone out of the top unit, Steve Downie was moved up, with Blair Jones and JT Wyman also getting some time.
Malone didn't have his legs or ankles wrapped at all while walking around this morning between meetings, and said he hasn't undergone an MRI, doesn't know if he will. He said he plans to try to skate Thursday and go from there.
Lightning coach Guy Boucher said this morning that, besides Malone, there's another forward who could possibly miss Thursday's game due to illness, but he wouldn't specify who. If that happens, then D Evan Oberg will make his Tampa Bay debut.
-- JOE SMITH