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Tampa Bay Lightning captain Vinny Lecavalier (upper body injury) will sit out against the Ducks



The Tampa Bay Lightning will be without captain Vinny Lecavalier Tuesday against the Ducks because of an undisclosed upper-body injury coach Guy Boucher said “popped up” Saturday against the Capitals.

Lecavalier left Monday’s practice at the Tampa Bay Times Forum early and had an MRI exam, and the Lightning recalled center Trevor Smith from AHL Norfolk.

Boucher said “we’ll see” when asked if Lecavalier, who did not miss playing time against Washington, would play against Anaheim. But Lecavalier wrote in a text Monday night that he would be out. General manager Steve Yzerman texted Lecavalier “likely” would not play and the center is day-to-day.

Lecavalier, 31, has played all of Tampa Bay’s 58 games with 21 goals and 46 points.

[Last modified: Monday, February 20, 2012 9:17pm]


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