Jason Garrison injury not long-term
Just when the Lightning got defenseman Anton Stralman back, it lost another top-four defenseman.
Jason Garrison is out tonight after suffering a lower-body injury at the end of the second period Thursday. Garrison took a shot off the outside of his leg, having trouble skating off. Garrison didn't skate this morning, and would appear doubtful for Sunday's game in Carolina. He's considered day-to-day, coach Jon Cooper said.
"He took a shot in a spot where there was no pad," Cooper said. "Those aren't comfortable. But I don't think it'll be too long term."
With Garrison out, defenseman Luke Witkowski is slated to play in the top-four with Braydon Coburn. Slater Koekkoek and Andrej Sustr are the third pair tonight, with Nikita Nesterov scratched. The Lightning has given up 19 goals in its four-game losing streak, and its short-handed blueline will have a tough test against the Capitals tonight.
"Every position is getting tested," Cooper said. "But for us, we're not using that for excuses. We're not worried."
More from morning skate: G Ben Bishop will start against the Capitals... Joel Vermin and Michael Bournival, called up Wednesday, will be in the lineup for the second straight game. RW J.T. Brown appears a healthy scratch, with Koekkoek back in... RW Ryan Callahan, on injured reserve with a lower body injury, did not skate today..Former Lightning first round pick Brett Connolly is on his third team in three years, but is enjoying his time with the Capitals. "Hopefully I can establish myself here," he said. "I like the fit." Connolly said he had dinner Friday night with former Lightning teammates Alex Killorn, Andrej Sustr, Jonathan Drouin and Tyler Johnson. "It's good to see the guys," he said. "It's where I started." Connolly, 24, is getting married next summer to fiancee Katrina, and several Lightning players plan to attend. "A little reunion," Connolly said. Congratulations to wing J.T. Brown and his wife Lexi, who recently learned they're expecting a baby daughter in June. "It's still crazy to think about," Brown said. "It's exciting."