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Lightning's Palat out 3-5 weeks with lower-body injury

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Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ondrej Palat will miss 3-5 weeks with a lower-body injury.

Palat, who wore a brace around his left ankle Monday, told the Tampa Bay Times he will not need surgery.

"It [stinks] to be injured, not play and not help the guys," Palat said in comments tweeted by the Lightning.

Palat left a 1-0 loss to the Minnesota Wild in the second period Saturday and did not return. During a play by the Minnesota net, Wild forward Nino Niederreiter fell on Palat's left leg.

The NHL's highest-scoring team last season, the Lightning (7-7-2) have lost six of their past eight games while scoring three goals. They've been shut out three times during that span.

"It's just slump," Palat, who has two goals and seven points in 16 games this season, told the Times. "We can't score goals. We're not winning as much as we want. We still have a good team, [a] lot of talent."

The Lightning are expected to call up a forward from Syracuse of the American Hockey League.

"He's an extremely valuable player to our team," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "Our depth will be tested. He's as honest a player as you're going to find in this League. Plays all the hard minutes, all the important minutes."

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