BRANDON — Four players did not skate for the Lightning at Friday's practice, and coach Jon Cooper indicated afterward that callups from AHL Syracuse would be needed to flush out the roster for tonight's game against the Sharks at Amalie Arena.
Forward Cory Conacher was called up Friday afternoon.
Defenseman Jake Dotchin, who did not play during the four-game road trip because of an undisclosed injury, did not practice. He was joined on the sideline by forwards Ryan Callahan and Cedric Paquette, and defenseman Braydon Coburn.
Paquette will miss tonight's game because of a one-game suspension for boarding Bruins defenseman Torey Krug during Wednesday's game in Boston.
When asked about Callahan and Coburn, Cooper said, "There's definitely some maintenance issues going on here. Hopefully it's not long term."
Dotchin was seen doing stretching exercises next to the rink during the first part of practice. Cooper said he is doing light skating. "Hopefully within the next week we get him back," Cooper said.
Game highlights: The Sharks' Chris Tierney broke a tie in the third and San Jose won its third straight, 2-1 over the host Panthers. … Tristan Jarry stopped 31 shots for his first NHL shutout, Sidney Crosby extended his point streak to five games and Tom Kuhnhackl scored on a penalty shot as the Penguins beat the host Sabres 4-0. Buffalo, tied with the Coyotes for the worst record in the league, was shut out for the third straight game. … Michael Grabner finished natural hat trick with two empty-net goals and the host Rangers beat the Hurricanes 5-1. … Ryan Dzingel scored the second of his two goals 1:38 into the third period on a power play and the Senators stopped their losing streak at seven with a 6-5 win over the host Islanders. … Josh Anderson and Nick Foligno scored in the last five minutes and the host Blue Jackets won for the eighth time in nine games, 4-2 over the Ducks.
Around the league: Forward Nathan Walker, who this season became the first Australian to play in an NHL game, was claimed off waivers by the Oilers from the Capitals. … The Blackhawks placed goalie Corey Crawford on injured reserve with an undisclosed injury.
Information from Times wires was used in this report.