Tampa Bay Lightning D Mike Lundin's injury might be out for a while, coach Guy Boucher says
Tampa Bay Lightning coach Guy Boucher said defenseman Mike Lundin never let on how much Pain he was in or how seriously he might be injured.
"He thought it would get better," Boucher said.
But it hasn't, and now Lundin might be sidelined for a while, Boucher said, beginning with Sunday's game with the Blues. While surgery is not indicated right now, Boucher added, he did not rule it out in the future if treatments do not work.
That combined with the continued problems Mattias Ohlund is having with his left knee that was hit by a puck in the Jan. 25 victory over the Maple Leafs, the Lightning is scrambling on the blue line. Boucher said Victor Hedman will take Lundin's place on the top defensive pairing with Ohlund. Matt Smaby, who has spent most of the season as either the seventh defenseman or scratched will see his role increase somewhat.
Marc-Andre Bergeron, called up Saturday from AHL Norfolk, will go right to the No. 1 power play, but Boucher said will only have spot duty on the blue line.
It was not exactly clear what Lundin's injury is or when he was hurt. Lundin has said it occurred in late December on what seemed a harmless check into the boards that apparently "jarred something."
Boucher described a muscle problem deep inside the abdomen where the muscle attaches to the bone. He said an MRI exam revealed no structural damage, so for right now it is being classified as a muscle pull. It was unclear how long Lundin might be out, though Boucher said it could stretch at least into next week.