Drouin out versus B’s following big hit from de Haan

The hit that knocked Jonathan Drouin out of the Lightning’s last game will keep him out of the next, too.

On Thursday, Bolts head coach Jon Cooper announced that Drouin would be held out of tonight’s game against Boston, and will be evaluated by team doctors. The club is unsure how long Drouin will be out.

Drouin was knocked out of Tuesday’s game early in the first period, following a hit from Isles d-man Calvin de Haan. De Haan was given a five-minute interference major on the play, while Drouin left and didn’t return, finishing with just 18 seconds of ice time.

“He was in good spirits after the game,” Cooper said of Drouin, per NHL.com.

Offensively, the high-flying Bolts are more than equipped to deal with Drouin’s absence, though it will still be a significant loss. The 21-year-old, coming off last year’s impressive postseason and strong effort with Team North America at the World Cup, had five points through 10 games this year, and was averaging 16:35 TOI per night.

After tonight, the Bolts host New Jersey on Saturday before heading down to Sunrise for a Monday night tilt against the Florida Panthers.

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