Jonathan Drouin out tonight, still being evaluated
Lightning wing Jonathan Drouin will miss tonight's game against the Bruins, and coach Jon Cooper isn't sure when he'll be back in the lineup.
Drouin left Tuesday's game after taking a hit to the head by Islanders D Calvin De Haan, who received a five-minute major for interference, but no supplemental discipline from the league. Drouin didn't return to the game, but has been feeling much better since. GM Steve Yzerman said Drouin is considered day-to-day. It's unknown whether or not Drouin suffered a concussion.
Cooper said Drouin will be evaluated again tonight by team doctors. Asked if he knows whether it's a short-term or long-term absence, Cooper said he didn't know. Cooper does known he'll miss the talented wing, who has five points in 10 games.
"He's an extremely talented player offensively," Cooper said., "He's got special skills. He's a guy that's when it's a one-goal game, everytime he's on the ice, he has that ability to score for you. Clearly you're taking a high offensive guy out of our lineup. And the one thing is we're blessed we've got a few of those guys on our team."
With Drouin out, both Cedric Paquette and J.T. Brown will be in the lineup. There's no need for a callup with 12 healthy forwards.
More from morning skate: G Andrei Vasilevskiy will make his fourth start of the season.... D Slater Koekkoekk will be in the lineup again, coming off a strong season debut Tuesday when he picked up two assists. "He was really using his legs, playing the game with his legs," Cooper said. "When he's doing that, he's really effective. He's been known more for his defensive abilities, but he showed up on the offensive side of the sheet, made some really headsy plays." Tonight is "Hockey Fights Cancer" night at Amalie Arena, with the players slated to wear lavender jerseys (which will be auctioned off afterwards)... Cooper said he'd yet to text Cubs manager Joe Maddon after Wednesday's World Series, figuring it'd give it some time. Cooper did send a tweet out Tuesday night. "Touch 'em all, Joe, you'll never manage a bigger game in your life! #1908." It was a play off Blue Jays' Joe Carter's World Series winning homer in 1993, a game Cooper attended.