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Ryan Callahan, Valtteri Filppula out against Red Wings

Ryan Callahan is out with a lower body injury.

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Ryan Callahan is out with a lower body injury.

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The Lightning remain shorthanded for its showdown with the Red Wings tonight.

Both wing Ryan Callahan (lower body) and center Valtteri Filppula (upper body) will miss tonight's game, though both could return this weekend. The Lightning hosts the Islanders Friday and Panthers Saturday.

Filppula has been sidelined three games, though he participated in today's morning skate in a regular jersey. Callahan has been out one game, and didn't skate today.

"Hopefully on the weekend for him," coach Jon Cooper said.

There's never a good time for injuries, but with 10 games to go and the Lightning still fighting for playoff position, missing two veterans is difficult. The Lightning is two points out of first place in the Atlantic but just five points ahead of the Flyers, who are in the ninth spot.

"When you're getting down to the shorthairs of the season, you don't like to have guys out, especially when you're battling for a playoff spot," Cooper said. "It's so tight, aside from Washington, nobody really has a whole ton of breathing room. You're battling every single night."

More from morning skate: Ben Bishop will start for the Lightning, Jimmy Howard for the Red Wings.. With Callahan out, Jonathan Marchessault has gotten an opportunity on the second line with Ondrej Palat and Tyler Johnson, the trio forming quick chemistry. Marchessault had six shots Saturday against Arizona. "He can make plays, he's right handed, which helps," Cooper said of Marchessault. "He makes plays for them. He's a shooter. And those two guys can find you. They've just, for whatever reason, they've kind of meshed together in a short time they've been together...C Vladislav Namestnikov was wearing a full cage mask during the skate, a product of him getting hit in the jaw with a puck Saturday. "You grow up playing in a cage," Namestnikov said. "So you get used to it I guess."

[Last modified: Tuesday, March 22, 2016 1:12pm]

    

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