Erik Erlendsson covers the Tampa Bay Lightning for The Tampa Tribune.
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Paul Ranger is out vs. the Capitals
Posted Jan 1, 2009 by Erik Erlendsson
Updated Jan 1, 2009 at 01:44 PM
WASHINGTON - Lightning defenseman Paul Ranger will not play tonight against the Capitals.
Ranger, who has been logging a ton of minutes lately, skated this morning but had his gear bag packed up and out in the hallway after he came off the ice. Interim coach Rick Tocchet indicated that some guys on defense were banged up and he wasn’t sure who would play tonight.
In addition to Ranger, defenseman Lukas Krajicek looks to be out as well. While Krajicek missed Saturday’s game with an upper-body injury, Tocchet said Krajicek has a different injury that will keep him out tonight. Krajicek did not skate today and had a finger bandaged up this morning.
That leaves Tampa Bay down a defenseman to dress tonight and the team is expected to make a call-up from the team’s AHL affiliate in Norfolk, which played in Portland, Maine, last night. Vladimir Mihalik might be a candidate to come up after he started the season with the team. Nothing official from the Lightning on this yet, but Ryan Craig stayed on the ice late, which indicates he won’t dress tonight.
Goaltender Olie Kolzig skated this morning, but is not yet ready to return. He said he’s looking at next week’s game in Phoenix as a possible target date.