RALEIGH, N.C. — Lightning left wing Ryan Malone did not practice Monday because of an undisclosed upper-body injury that might keep him out of tonight's game with the Hurricanes. "It's a yes or a no, nothing in between," coach Guy Boucher said when asked the probability Malone will play.
Malone was hurt in Saturday's victory over the Jets but played the entire game. He had X-rays that apparently were negative and Monday saw a doctor before traveling with the team to Carolina.
The injury has nothing to do with Malone's surgically repaired right shoulder, Boucher said. "He's obviously playing good and his line is great," Boucher said. I think we've got two first lines, so we don't want to lose him."
Malone, on a line with center Steven Stamkos and Teddy Purcell, has three goals and six points with 11 penalty minutes and is averaging 15:30 of ice time.