Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Tyler Johnson scratched vs. Isles, no word on injury

Center Tyler Johnson left the game against the Capitals on Friday after 48 seconds.

DIRK SHADD | Times

Center Tyler Johnson left the game against the Capitals on Friday after 48 seconds.

TAMPA — Add C Tyler Johnson to the Lightning list of walking wounded. Johnson left Friday's game against the Capitals just 48 seconds into the contest and was scratched from Saturday's contest against the Islanders.

There was no word on what Johnson's injury is or how long he will be out. Thus, the Lightning brought up LW Mike Angelidis from AHL Syracuse.

In addition, LW Jonathan Drouin (undisclosed) and C Cedric Paquette (upper body) each missed his sixth consecutive game. LW Ondrej Palat (left ankle) still has a couple of weeks before he returns.

"We kind of hit the injury bug here the last few weeks," coach Jon Cooper said. "We had a lot of guys called up, but we've got some guys on the fence here of coming back."

Cooper was hoping Drouin could return Saturday, but the wing wasn't quite ready. The injuries are starting to frustrate the players.

"It should be fairly soon," Drouin said of his return. "It's going to be a couple of days.

"The thing that (hurts) the most, you don't feel part of the team. You're always doing something by yourself or working out while they're in a meeting or doing something. It (hurts)."

Paquette skated during the optional skate Saturday morning and hoped to start taking contact in the upcoming days.

"(I feel) much better than last week, honestly," Paquette said. "Some time off helped a lot. Hopefully I'll get better each day."

The Lightning heads on a three-game West Coast trip that starts Wednesday at Anaheim. Paquette will find out more about his status then.

"It depends right now," he said. "Hopefully I'll get some contact and see how it goes."

Palat, who has not played since Nov. 7 at Minnesota, said he is on schedule to return in a couple of weeks.

This and That: The Lightning won't return home until Dec. 10 against Ottawa. … Tampa Bay entered the game having won two straight and had gotten points in 16 of its past 18 home games against the Islanders. … With its 1-0 lead over New York after the first period, the Lightning has led just three times this season after the first period. Only Philadelphia has led fewer times after one period.

Tyler Johnson scratched vs. Isles, no word on injury 11/28/15 [Last modified: Saturday, November 28, 2015 9:36pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Whatever USF has to say about Temple waits till Thursday

    College

    "The holes were wide open. Anyone could have run through them."

    South Florida Bulls cornerback Mazzi Wilkins (23) intercepts a pass during the second half of the home opener for the South Florida Bulls against the Stony Brook Seawolves at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times
  2. Five reasons why Kentucky can beat Florida for the first time since 1986

    College

    By Matt Baker

    GAINESVILLE — Florida's 30-game winning streak over Kentucky is one of the most impressive feats in the country.

    Florida Gators offensive lineman Martez Ivey (73) celebrates Florida Gators running back Mark Thompson's  (24) touch down in the first quarter, putting Florida on the board 6-0 during the game between the University of Florida and the University of Kentucky in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016, in Gainesville, Fla. Florida defeated Kentucky 45-7. ANDRES LEIVA   |   Times

  3. Once targeted by the Bucs, Dalvin Cook thrills for the Vikings

    Bucs

    How good would the Bucs be with running back Dalvin Cook?

    Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (33) slips a tackle by Steelers strong safety Sean Davis (28) to score a touchdown Sunday in Pittsburgh. [AP photo]
  4. Boxer Jake LaMotta, immortalized in 'Raging Bull,' dies at 95

    Obituaries

    MIAMI — Jake LaMotta, the former middleweight champion whose life in and out of the ring was depicted in the film Raging Bull, for which Robert DeNiro won an Academy Award, has died, his fiancee said Wednesday. He was 95.

    Jake LaMotta, retired professional boxer, shakes hands with Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria (3) on the field before the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees in Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg on Sept. 15, 2015. LaMotta was on hand to sign autographs in the Ted Williams Museum.
  5. J.R. Sweezy shows what Bucs were missing

    Bucs

    By Greg Auman

    TAMPA —- Sunday's season-opening win against the Bears saw the debut of 13 Bucs, a mix of rookies and free-agent veterans.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive guard J.R. Sweezy (73), seen at center, runs through drills during training camp at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, Fla., on Monday, July 31, 2017. LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times