Tampa Bay Lightning C Nate Thompson doesn't practice as precaution; is it a concussion?
Tampa Bay Lightning coach Guy Boucher did not go as far as saying center Nate Thompson has a concussion, but he did say Thompson's head was spinning after Sunday's game with the Blues. As a precaution, Thompson was held out of Monday's practice and the coach said he will not play Tuesday against the Sabres.
"I don't use the word concussion because his head was spinning a little bit yesterday, but after that he was fine," Boucher said. "But (Monday) you don't want to take a chance, and honestly we don't want to take a chance (Tuesday) right now. Whether it lasts five, six, seven days we'll see. (Sunday) night it wasn't considered a concussion but it was something to watch out for, so (Monday) we're watching out and tomorrow we'll see. But right now ... it's a good moment to give him a break."
Thompson has been one of the team's best players this season. The fourth-line center and penalty killer has seven goals and 17 points in 54 games and averages 14:57 of ice time.
Boucher said Sean Bergenheim will take Thompson's spot on the penalty kill. We will see how he configures his lines.
Other tidbits: Wing Ryan Malone will be back in the lineup against the Sabres after missing five games with a mid-body injury. ... Dwayne Roloson will be back in net. ... Defenseman Mike Lundin (abdomen) did not practice.