JOE SACO, FLORIDA — Lightning forward Vladimir Tarasenko is expected to miss at least six weeks with an ankle and an upper-leg injury, head athletic trainer Mark T. Brown said Tuesday.
“The timetable was set at six weeks,” Brown said in a text message.
“He’ll be back for training camp and the season.
It’s been a long road for him.
We’ll be sure to keep you updated.”
Tarasova, who missed his second straight game on Monday with an injury to his right ankle, suffered the injury Monday night when he landed awkwardly in front of a Lightning defender on a rush play.
The injury has sidelined him for most of the season and has not been thought to be serious, but he’s missed 11 games and four of his past five because of it.
The Lightning lost 3-1 at Tampa Bay on Monday.
The team has not released an update on Tarasovans status.
“It’s a really hard injury,” Sacco said Tuesday of the ankle injury.
“Vladimir is a really good skater and we expect him to be a really solid player for us.”
He also had the ankle taped up, as did forward Travis Zajac, who sustained a lower-body injury in a 3-2 loss at Washington on Wednesday.
The Lightning’s first four games were postponed due to illness, and Sacco was asked if the team was going to be able to return to action against Philadelphia on Saturday.
“I think so,” he said.
“We have a lot of injuries right now, and it’s hard to play on the road.
But it will be a little different. “
So I’m going to say yeah, we will play again on the weekend.
But it will be a little different.
We’ve been out there and it hasn’t been pretty.”
Tarusenko, who scored one goal and two assists in seven games before missing the opener, was expected to return after skating Monday with trainer Mike Caffrey.
The goal-scoring machine had two assists and four shots on goal in a 4-2 win against the Lightning on Oct. 10.
The Flyers had lost five straight and seven of their past nine games.