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Bolts get good news from the training room

Injuries to Pat Maroon and Ondrej Palat not considered serious; Ryan McDonagh could return before the bye week

by Bryan Burns @BBurnsNHL /

All things considered, Tampa Bay's injury updates from Friday's practice were pretty encouraging.

Pat Maroon was a full participant during Friday's practice session at AMALIE Arena before the team departed for Philadelphia to start a weekend back-to-back set against the Flyers on Saturday. Maroon showed no ill effects from taking an elbow to the face from Arizona's Carl Soderberg in the Lightning's 4-0 shutout win over the Coyotes Thursday midway through the second period. Maroon didn't return to the game but appears to be good to go for this weekend's games.

The news on Ondrej Palat isn't as positive but not terrible either.

Palat did not practice with the Lightning Friday, but soon after the session ended, it was announced the left wing had sustained a lower-body injury and was day-to-day.

Palat took a cringe-worthy knee-on-knee hit from Arizona's Taylor Hall late in Tampa Bay's shutout win, a hit that left Palat hobbled down on the ice until he eventually was able to rise to his skates and skate to the bench under his own power.

Palat didn't return for the final few minutes of the Arizona contest.

The fact Palat is listed as day-to-day and not anything more long term should bring a sigh of relief to Lightning fans who feared the worst after witnessing the egregious hit.

Palat is one of four players to skate every game for the Lightning this season along with Kevin Shattenkirk, Yanni Gourde and Mikhail Sergachev, and has been one of Tampa Bay's top producers with 12 goals and 14 assists. Palat's availability for this weekend is unknown, but it would appear if he does miss time, it won't be for an extended stretch of time.

Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh, who has been forced to sit the last three games with an upper-body injury, did not participate in Friday's practice either. The team announced after the session McDonagh would not play either Saturday at Philadelphia or Sunday at New Jersey but would be day-to-day after that, which would suggest McDonagh might be able to get into at least one of the Bolts' three games next week before the team goes on their bye week.

The Lightning are attempting to win their 10th-consecutive game when they take on the Philadelphia Flyers Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center, a victory that would match their longest win streak in franchise history set last season in February.

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