Lightning LW Malone out 3-4 weeks

Tampa Bay Lightning’s Ryan Malone, right, and Anaheim Ducks’ Ben Lovejoy fight for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) CAJH102

Tampa Bay Lightning’s Ryan Malone, right, and Anaheim Ducks’ Ben Lovejoy fight for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) CAJH102

COLUMBUS, Ohio — LW Ryan Malone, hit with a puck Nov. 22 at Anaheim, is expected to miss three to four weeks with a non displaced ankle fracture, Lightning GM Steve Yzerman said Tuesday.

That was just the first bit of bad news for Tampa Bay, which lost D Eric Brewer to a lower-body injury sustained during the morning skate. He is listed as day to day, though coach Jon Cooper admitted "lots of concern" Brewer will be out a while.

The deepening of Tampa Bay's already long injury list will not change Yzerman's approach to the roster, preferring callups from AHL Syracuse to manage the injuries short-term while looking at trades for players who fit the bigger picture.

"If it's more for someone who is going to make us better through the season I'm all for it," Yzerman said of a trade. "But I don't want to give up an asset today for somebody who isn't going to have a roster spot when we get healthy."

Tampa Bay has seven players out with injuries: Brewer and defensemen Radko Gudas (upper body) and Brian Lee (knee), and forwards Malone, Steven Stamkos (broken right leg), Tom Pyatt (broken collarbone) and Pierre-Cedric Labrie (left arm/elbow).

The losses have been most acute at forward where the Lightning had rookies and Syracuse callups J.T. Brown and Nikita Kucherov on the second line with C Alex Killorn, who has played all of 65 NHL games. It also recalled RW Dana Tyrell, and recalled and sent back to the Crunch RW Brett Connolly.

"We've done reasonably well with the guys that have been recalled," Yzerman said. "Again, if we get thinner, (a trade) is something we might have to look at a little closer."

For now, though, "I really haven't explored a trade for a short-term kind of fix," Yzerman said. "Potentially we could still go back to Syracuse for a recall. That would be my first option."

MORE MEDICAL MATTERS: Labrie, who participated in Tuesday's skate with a red no-contact jersey, and Gudas have a chance to be back by the end of the week. … Yzerman said there is no concern about Pyatt, who has been out eight weeks, but he might be out two to four more after a CT scan showed his broken collarbone not yet healed. "I don't think it's uncommon for this injury to be eight to 12 weeks, potentially," Yzerman said. "We all hoped at the eight-week mark he'd be good to go, but he needs a little more time."

Nifty: LW Nick Foligno crafted a highlight-reel goal to give Columbus its 1-0 victory.

Foiligno, who had gotten away from Lightning defensemen Matt Carle and Andre Sustr, got the puck in the slot from Ryan Johansen, who stole it from Valtteri Filppula in the Lightning zone. Foligno put the puck and stick through his legs and fired a forehand past G Ben Bishop.

"Practice in the driveway and watching YouTube," Foligno said of his inspiration for the move. "It's one of those things, spur of the moment, you think of."

JUNIOR NEWS: Prospect Jonathan Drouin was named player of the month in the junior Quebec league with 12 goals, 31 points in 10 games for Halifax. … Goaltending prospect Andrey Vasilevskiy will attend Russia's selection camp for the 2014 world junior championship.

ODDS AND ENDS: Tampa Bay had not been shut out in consecutive games since Nov. 23-25, 2003: 0-0 versus Carolina and 2-0 by the Rangers.

Lightning LW Malone out 3-4 weeks 12/03/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 1:03am]

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