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Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mattias Ohlund has setback in recovering from knee surgeries

TAMPA — D Mattias Ohlund, who has not played a regular-season game this season, is no longer skating and said Saturday that he does not know when he will.

Said coach Guy Boucher of Ohlund's recovery from Oct. 11 arthroscopic surgeries on both knees, "I don't know where we are."

That is quite a difference from two weeks ago, when there was optimism Ohlund was close to returning. Now, Ohlund said, "I don't even have a timetable."

"He's having some discomfort," GM Steve Yzerman said," so we're going to back off a little bit and re-evaluate and look at other ways that he can get back to training."

Yzerman said he would not characterize the episode as a re-injury but simple "irritation." Ohlund said nothing specific happened. He theorized he might have been too quick to get on skates after the procedures the team said cleaned out "loose bodies" and Ohlund called "pretty extensive."

Ohlund began skating by himself in mid November and participated in a couple of morning skates. Now, Ohlund said, the plan is to "stay off skates, rehab and see how it goes."

"It's hard," he said. "You want to be part of everything. It's not going to help coming in and complaining every day. I try to be as positive as I can, but clearly it's hard."

SITTING: In a surprise, RW Adam Hall was scratched against the Rangers in favor of Ryan Shannon, a scratch in Wednesday's 4-2 loss in Detroit.

Boucher said he wanted more offense in the lineup, specifically for secondary scoring.

"Not that Adam can't (provide that)," Boucher said, "but he's not known to be an offensive player."

True, Hall has one goal and two points in 24 games. But he is a ferocious defender and entered Saturday with a 62.7 faceoff winning percentage, tops in the league among players with more than 100 draws. He couldn't recall the last time he was scratched.

Shannon has one goal and five points in 18 games. He had 11 goals last season for Ottawa and has speed.

"That's what the coach has to do, is make tough decisions," Hall said. "It's going to be fun pushing to get back (in the lineup)."

Of Tampa Bay's 64 goals entering Saturday, 47 were from Steven Stamkos (16), Vinny Lecavalier (10), Marty St. Louis (7), Ryan Malone (5), Teddy Purcell (5) and Brett Connolly (4).

RISING: Matt Gilroy, perhaps Tampa Bay's most improved player, was added to the No. 1 power-play unit.

The defenseman hasn't played much with the extra man. He entered Saturday with 3:48 of power-play time, though that is more than the 2:34 he played the past two seasons combined for the Rangers.

But Gilroy has six assists and is plus-6, and his diagonal pass that set up Stamkos' goal against Detroit was textbook.

"He's someone who earned that spot on the power play. It wasn't just given to him," Stamkos said. "He's a smart player, and he's earned it."

ODDS AND ENDS: The Lightning had just one power play in the game, the Rangers two. Neither scored. ... AHL Norfolk D Richard Petiot is out for the season with a knee injury. … Lightning D Bruno Gervais also was scratched. … Linesman Pierre Champoux left the game because of illness.

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mattias Ohlund has setback in recovering from knee surgeries 12/03/11 [Last modified: Saturday, December 3, 2011 11:48pm]
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