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Lightning's Garrison out 3-5 weeks

Tampa Bay defenseman sidelined with lower-body injury @NHLdotcom

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Jason Garrison is expected to miss 3-5 weeks with a lower-body injury, the Lightning announced Thursday. 

Garrison missed his first game of the season Tuesday -- a 4-2 loss at the Montreal Canadiens -- after he was injured during the 5-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Monday. He has four goals and seven points, and is second on the Lightning in blocked shots (76), third in even-strength ice time (16:04) and fourth in hits (69).

Forwards Ondrej Palat (maintenance) and Valtteri Filppula (flu) did not practice Thursday, according to the Tampa Bay Times. 

The Lightning, who have lost two straight after winning 10 of 11, host the Nashville Predators on Friday and St. Louis Blues on Sunday.

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