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Lightning missing Braydon Coburn and Alex Killorn against Carolina

Erik Cernak returns to the lineup after his two-game suspension.
Tampa Bay Lightning center Alex Killorn (17) during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the New York Rangers Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, in Tampa. [CHRIS O'MEARA  |  AP]
Tampa Bay Lightning center Alex Killorn (17) during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the New York Rangers Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, in Tampa. [CHRIS O'MEARA | AP]
Published Dec. 1
Updated Dec. 1

TAMPA — As the Lightning welcomed back defenseman Erik Cernak to their lineup against the Hurricanes on Saturday night, they had to make due without veterans Braydon Coburn and Alex Killorn.

Coburn is out indefinitely with a lower-body injury suffered against the Capitals on Friday, coach Jon Cooper said.

The defenseman exited the game in Washington in the first period and did not return after banging knees with Capitals defenseman Radko Gudas.

Following the game, Coburn was limping out of the locker room.

Killorn is day-to-day with a lower-body injury, the team said. He was one of four players who took part in the optional morning skate, likely to test the injury.

Killorn had played in all 23 games leading up to Saturday’s, racking up 11 points in his past 10 games.

Cernak returned from his two-game suspension for elbowing Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dahlin in the head Monday.

Forward Carter Verhaeghe got back in the lineup after being scratched in the past two games.

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