The Tampa Bay Lightning will be without defenseman Braydon Coburn for 4-6 weeks due to a lower body injury.
Coburn, who was acquired prior to the deadline from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for a first round pick, third round pick and Radko Gudas, has appeared in four games for the Lightning registering two assists while averaging 17:02 in ice time.
According to Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times, Coburn’s injury is unrelated to the foot he broke earlier in the season.
The Bolts will also be without Ondrej Palat for 2-3 weeks after he suffered a lower body injury blocking a shot in Tampa’s 1-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens Tuesday night.
Additionally, Cedric Paquette is expected to miss 10-14 days with an upper body injury.
The club recalled forward Mike Angelidis on an emergency basis Thursday.
The Lightning did receive some positive news on the injury front.
Forward J.T. Brown will to return tonight when the Lightning visit the Boston Bruins. Brown has missed three games with an upper body injury.
Defenseman Matt Carle (abdominal) is expected to be ready for Saturday when the Lightning host the Winnipeg Jets.
It’s been a trying season for David Krejci and the Boston Bruins in general, but things looked bright for the player and his team on Wednesday morning.
Most specifically, the 28-year-old resumed skating with teammates today, which marks the first occasion he’s done so since suffering a knee injury in late February.
The Bruins’ Twitter feed points out that it’s been three weeks since Krejci was injured and doesn’t note a change in his four-to-six week prognosis. The excitement seemed pretty clear on the Bruins’ end:
Ideally, Krejci would get back with a little bit of time to tune up for a postseason that the Bruins seem increasingly likely to be a part of. Last night’s win against the Ottawa Senators was a big one, and it also marked Boston’s third consecutive victory.
They now have significant leads over the likes of the Senators and Florida Panthers for the East’s second wild card spot, positioning themselves as a rather frightening proposition for the conference’s top seed (flaws and all).
Imagine how much scarier they’d be if Krejci can get healthy and shake off the rust?
Ottawa native Ryan Spooner scored twice as the Bruins defeated the Senators 3-1 Tuesday night.
With the win, the Bruins (34-22-10) now have a six-point lead on the Florida Panthers for the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.
The Senators (30-24-11) fall seven points back of the Bruins in the loss.
With his second and third goals of the season, Spooner extended his point streak to six games.
Craig Anderson, who was making consecutive starts for the first time since Jan. 20-21, made 19 saves in the loss.
Loui Eriksson had the other Bruins goal.
Sens’ forward Matt Puempel scored his first NHL goal in the loss.
Tuukka Rask, who celebrated his 28th birthday on Tuesday, made 39 saves to improve to 27-16-10 on the season.
The Bruins have points in all four meetings between the to clubs this season (2-0-2). They’ll meet for a fifth and final time in Ottawa on March 19.