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Lightning injuries might not be as bad as expected

by Peter Pupello / Tampa Bay Lightning
Amidst the ongoing monitoring process of the team’s current injuries, coupled with the disorder that followed after an odd case of the flu ran rampant through the Lightning locker room Tuesday, there was a certain degree of optimism that both situations would resolve themselves sooner than perhaps expected.

Victor Hedman, out due to an undisclosed upper-body injury, is not perceived to have a concussion, according to Bolts General Manager Steve Yzerman.

The injury itself has not yet been diagnosed and Hedman is expected to see more doctors in the upcoming days. There is still no definitive time table for his return.

Lightning head coach Guy Boucher also said during the team’ s morning skate on Tuesday that captain Vincent Lecavalier, who has missed five games with a non-displaced fracture in his hand, could be back in 10 days for the Lightning. Lecavalier, who has 21 goals and 46 points in 58 games played this season, is just eight games away from appearing in his 1,000th career game.

Despite ruling out a concussion, no definitive time table is set for Hedman's return (Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)
Meanwhile, Marc-Andre Bergeron continues to be out with a back injury that has caused him to miss all but one of his team’s past 21 games.

Bergeron saw a specialist in New York on Tuesday and conceded that there was even a possibility he could miss the remainder of the season.

Wednesday’s practice, as well as an off-ice appearance in which several Lightning players were to make sandwiches at a local Sweetbay supermarket, were both cancelled due to illness that has affected the team in recent days.

As of Tuesday morning, forwards Teddy Purcell, Nate Thompson and Tim Wallace were all affected, as well as defenseman Brendan Mikkelson, assistant coach Martin Raymond and assistant general manager Julien BriseBois.

Purcell was the only one of the four ill players to appear in Tuesday’s game, registering an assist that extended a career-high point streak to seven games. Thompson, Wallace and Mikkelson each sat out.

Raymond, who was sent home by Boucher around the time of the team’s morning skate Tuesday morning, returned later that evening and was behind the bench for the contest against the Habs, although Boucher said he had a bucket behind the bench ready for use in case of any relapse.

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