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Tyler Johnson scratched vs. Isles, no word on injury

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


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.

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