Sunday, February 25, 2018
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Adam Hall has torn muscle, will miss up to eight weeks for Tampa Bay Lightning

TAMPA — The injury news keeps getting grimmer for the Lightning, which announced Tuesday that Adam Hall has a torn forearm muscle.

The right wing does not need surgery, GM Steve Yzerman said, but is expected out up to eight weeks.

"You lose your balance, you go one way and the muscle goes the other way," said Hall, who was hurt Thursday in a fight with Ottawa's Matt Carkner and is on injured reserve.

The injury list also includes defensemen Mattias Ohlund (knees) and Victor Hedman (concussion), and forwards J.T. Wyman (right pinky) and Ryan Shannon (lower body).

"He's a huge part of our team defensively," coach Guy Boucher said of Hall. "He's the most reliable forward we've got. He's our best faceoff guy. He blocks shots. He pays the price. He's our top guy for penalty kill. It's a big piece for us to lose."

Hall, 31, doesn't have enough faceoffs to qualify for league honors, but his 62.5 winning percentage entered Monday best among players with at least 200 draws.

He is minus-1 on a team that has a minus-27 goal differential. His average 3:17 of penalty-kill time is tops among team forwards and his 21 blocked shots was tied for second.

"We're going to give other guys an opportunity to fill that role but don't want to put pressure on one guy to be Adam Hall," Boucher said. "We've got to fill it collectively rather than think one guy is going to replace him."

Meanwhile, Hall said he is frustrated being unable to help in a crucial time of the season.

"You want to be in there with them," he said.

RELIEF: The Lightning got a scare late in the second period when Steven Stamkos, the league's leading goal scorer, left the ice in seeming distress after a collision with Vancouver's Alex Edler. Stamkos apparently just had the wind knocked out of him, Boucher said, and returned for the third period.

DETERMINED: Ohlund, who has not played in the regular season, still is not skating while rehab continues to strengthen the muscles around his knees.

"It's frustrating," Ohlund said. "But nobody has said I can't play hockey again this season."

"We're not ruling it out," Yzerman said. "But as of now, we don't have a return date for him."

MORE MEDICAL MATTERS: Hedman skated lightly without pads for the first time since his Dec. 27 injury but admitted he still is experiencing concussion symptoms. "I'm just trying to keep my mind up and be around the guys," he said. … Shannon and Wyman skated with Hedman before the morning skate. … Wyman said he has a gash on his pinky. "We're waiting for the skin to come together," he said.

ODDS AND ENDS: D Brendan Mikkelson played his first game since being acquired from the Flames for C Blair Jones and had 9:51 of ice time and two hits. "He skates," Boucher said. "He played great one-on-ones. I really liked his first game." … Prospect Alex Killorn, a senior forward at Harvard, is one of 77 nominees for the Hobey Baker Award given to the nation's best collegiate player. … LW Pierre-Cedric Labrie was scratched for a seventh defensemen.

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