Lightning defenseman Radko Gudas will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery on Tuesday in Tampa.
A determination following surgery will be made on how long Gudas will be out of the Lightning lineup.
Gudas, 24, returned to Tampa on Sunday prior to the Lightning’s 4-2 victory in Ottawa. He is schedule to receive further examination after missing training sessions Friday and Saturday and three-straight games.
This latest setback is unrelated to the lower-body injury that kept Gudas out of four games during the second week of the 2014-15 regular season.
Gudas also missed three games in mid-December with a stomach virus.
The 6-foot, 204 pound defenseman has played in 31 of the Lightning’s 41 games so far this season, recording two goals and three assists. His 34 penalty minutes are second-most on the Bolts.
Gudas is a third-round selection (66th overall) of the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
With Gudas out, Nikita Nesterov was recalled from Tampa Bay’s AHL affiliate in Syracuse on December 31.
The 21-year-old Russian made his NHL debut in the Bolts’ 5-1 win at Buffalo later that night and was plus-one for the game. Nesterov also played Sunday against Ottawa, taking his first penalty (tripping) in the first period.
Through two games, Nesterov, a fifth-round pick (148th overall) in the 2011 Draft, has skated 36 shifts (28:08 TOI).