Vincent Lecavalier is listed day-to-day with a bone bruise in his foot, the team announced via Twitter on Sunday.
Lecavalier was injured in Sunday's 3-2 loss to the New York Rangers when Lightning defenseman Sami Salo fired a slap shot off the blue line which made contact with Lecavalier's foot. He underwent an MRI after the game on Sunday to determine the full extent of the injury. Ray Whitney of the Dallas Stars incurred a similar injury from a similar play and it went from a simple stress fracture to a full fracture because he continued to play on it.
Lightning coach Guy Boucher said the Lecavalier will still play. Let's hope he doesn't go the way of Whitney. His injury could still derail some of the early season momentum the Lightning has gathered. Lecavalier isn't counted on like he once was for important plays, but he's still one of the team's best skaters and his absence could become problematic. He has 11 points in eight games, four goals, and seven assists. Lecavalier is fourth on the team with those statistics, and seventh in playing time with 17:30.
Tampa Bay is currently No. 2 in the Eastern Conference and has control over the Southeast division with Winnipeg trailing by five points. Lecavalier recently played his 1,000 game of his career in January.
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