Tampa Bay Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier
will not play in tonight's game against the Anaheim Ducks due to an undisclosed upper-body injury that head coach Guy Boucher said "popped up" on Monday at the team's practice, during which Lecavalier left the ice early.
He is out indefinitely, with no certain timetable for a return. Shortly following his early exit from the rink on Monday, Lecavalier had an MRI exam which he says “revealed no gray areas” and on Tuesday, following the team’s morning skate, stated that he does not believe surgery will be necessary. Still, the timing of the injury is one the captain said is “unfortunate.”
Lightning Captain Vinny Lecavalier will not play in tonight's game against the Anaheim Ducks.
“Obviously it’s real disappointing,” Lecavalier said. “This is the part of the year here where we are making a push and we’re playing well, so it’s too bad I can’t help the team.”
The incident occurred during Saturday’s game against the division-rival Capitals. Lecavalier did not come out of the game because of the ailment at any point, logging 19:39 in ice time, but said he felt sore afterwards.
In the meantime, Lecavalier stated that his plan is to rest and attempt to skate regularly to keep his legs fresh. He said there have been no plans made to undergo specific treatments.
“Right now, we just need to make sure it heals properly,” the Bolts captain added. “I want to make sure that when I come back I feel refreshed and am 100 percent.”
He is uncertain whether or not he will travel with the team on its upcoming three-game road trip which kicks off Thursday in Winnipeg.
This season, in 58 games played, Lecavalier has recorded 21 goals and ranks third on the team with 46 points.