TAMPA — With forwards Brian Boyle and Cedric Paquette missing the previous game with injuries, the Lightning did not want to be down to 10 forwards for Thursday's game with the Avalanche, so it called up C Jonathan Marchessault from AHL Syracuse.
Marchessault arrived in Tampa on Thursday afternoon as insurance, but he was needed.
Though Boyle returned after missing three games, when Marchessault arrived he found out he would be in the lineup as F Jonathan Drouin was scratched with a lower-body injury. Drouin was listed as day to day.
Drouin is third on the team in points with six and is tied for third with five assists.
Paquette missed his second game with an ankle injury. Coach Jon Cooper expected Drouin and Paquette to miss Saturday's game against the Bruins..
"That's why we made the callup," Cooper said. "(Drouin) made a go in pregame skate and couldn't go."
Marchessault centered the fourth line with Boyle and J.T. Brown. He played 13 shifts for 7:50 of ice time.
Vasilevskiy close to returning: After his 29-save performance at AHL Syracuse in a 3-1 win Thursday, Cooper suggested G Andrei Vasilevskiy could be close to returning to Tampa Bay. Vasilveskiy is on a rehab assignment after surgery for a blood clot near his left collarbone in September.
"We haven't talked about what's in store the next week or so," Cooper said. Vasilveskiy might get another start for Syracuse, he said.
Killorn not bad: Despite not scoring on the recent road trip and having just three points on the year entering the game, Cooper said it was just a matter of time before F Alex Killorn broke out. In the game, Killorn broke the Lightning's scoring drought with a power-play goal in the second period.
"We did a lot of dissecting of our road trip, and Alex Killorn led us in shots and chances for," Cooper said. "He went pointless on the trip, but in two games the whole team went pointless (shutout losses to the Blackhawks and Blues).
"You can see his game coming. He led the team in shots on the trip, and that's not including the posts he hit. You throw those in the mix and that's someone who looks like he's going to break out."
Killorn had five shots against the Avalanche, second on the team to Victor Hedman's seven. Still, he said it wasn't enough.
"It seems like we've had a ton of chances, (Thursday) especially," Killorn said. "Their goalie played well. It's just one of those things. It's the way things are working out right now. We just got to get over this hump."
Nuts and Bolts: It was Hockey Fights Cancer night for the game. Tampa Bay wore lavender sweaters during warmups to show support. The sweaters will be auctioned during the next week to raise money for the cause.