TAMPA — Vinny Lecavalier's experiment with the injured index-finger knuckle on his right hand lasted about 20 minutes.
That is how long the Lightning captain practiced Wednesday before shutting it down because the pain began to increase.
"It was just getting a little sore, so there was no reason to aggravate it," Lecavalier said. "I took a few, kind of, shots. I just wanted to go out there and skate in case (today) I get back in."
But that seems a remote possibility after the center said he could not fully grip his stick and the strength in his finger has not completely returned.
"If it was playoffs he'd be playing," coach Guy Boucher said. "Just functionally, it's not acting the way it's supposed to be acting, so we'll see (today)."
Lecavalier, who was hurt Saturday by a shot from Panthers defenseman Bryan McCabe and missed Monday's game with the Stars, said he is disappointed his recovery is so slow despite constant icing and H-wave electrical stimulation to get more healing blood to the joint.
"If it was just hurting it wouldn't be a problem. I would be out there," Lecavalier said. "But it's not really functioning the right way, and that's what's frustrating."