Insider: Ryan Malone To Miss Three To Four Weeks, Morning Skate Notes

As the Tampa Bay Lightning prepares to take on the Montreal Canadiens Tuesday night, there was some bad news to pass along on the injury front, as it is expected that Ryan Malone will miss the next three-to-four weeks with what is being called a lower-body injury.

“Bugsy aggravated something that was already a little bit there, so we won’t blame it on (pre-game) soccer,” Lightning head coach Guy Boucher said. “He is going to be gone for three to four weeks, it’s certainly going to be tough missing him, but some other guys have got to step up, and we have a young kid that we have been meaning to bring up, and we have the opportunity too. Obviously we brought up [Alex] Killorn, who did really good, but was really good in the American League, and [Richard] Panik was right there with him, so we have the top two guys from the American League. We are just continuing the process we have talked about the last two years. We had no depth in the East Coast, the American League, and the NHL, and now we get depth at all levels, and we are slowly injecting that into our team.”

Boucher said that Malone will not need a procedure to correct the issue, for now, and that hopefully Malone will return in three weeks, but it could be closer to four.

More injury news:

Boucher said that there was another unspecified top six forward who is a game time decision for tonight’s game, who is battling some sort of injury. All of the top-six forwards took the morning skate and none of them appeared to be skating injured.  Boucher also said there is a defenseman who could miss tonight’s game as well, and he would know the lineup after the pregame skate.

Lindback gets the start:

The Lightning is going back to Anders Lindback in goal tonight. It is Lindback’s first career start against the Canadiens.   The Canadiens will start Carey Price, who is 6-6-2 with a 2.54 goals against average and a .910 save percentage in his career against the Lightning.

Power play thrives at home:

The Tampa Bay Lightning power play is the best in the NHL when it takes to the ice at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. The Lightning have converted at a success rate of 44.4 percent on the power play at home this season.