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Ryan Malone injury: Lightning forward to miss 3-4 weeks

Ryan Malone is expected to miss 3-4 weeks with an undisclosed lower-body injury.

Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

The Tampa Bay Lightning will quickly learn whether their roster has enough depth, as head coach Guy Boucher announced on Tuesday morning that forward Ryan Malone will miss three-to-four weeks with a lower-body injury.

Malone originally sustained the injury during warmups for the team's game against the New York Rangers on Sunday. The team placed Malone on injured reserve on Monday, which would have made him eligible to return on Feb. 17.

Apparently, the injury had been bothering Malone for sometime and tightened up during warmups for the Rangers game. General manager Steve Yzerman indicated that the injury could be an issue with the muscle rather than a structural injury.

As of Tuesday morning, the Lightning have yet to specify what the issue is.

With Malone out of the lineup, the club recalled 22-year-old forward Richard Panik from their American Hockey League affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch.

In addition to Malone, Boucher stated that one of the Lightning's top-six forwards was going to be a game-time decision for Tuesday night's contest against the Montreal Canadiens. He did not specify who the player is.