Struggling Lightning lose scorers

December 11, 2009

The Lightning's top goal scorers, center Steven Stamkos and left wing Ryan Malone, are day to day after being injured in a 3-2 loss to the Oilers.

Malone had an MRI on Thursday for an undisclosed lower body injury he suffered in Wednesday night's game. He might play when the Lightning begin a six-game road trip Friday in Colorado. He has 16 goals.

Stamkos, who has a team-best 17 goals, may miss the Avalanche game. He had X-rays on an upper body injury.

The Lightning have lost six of seven.

• Red Wings coach Mike Babcock says Dan Cleary will be out for about a month because of a separated shoulder. Cleary was injured Wednesday in a loss to the Blues.

•Quebec's premier is confident the NHL wants to bring a team back to Quebec City. Jean Charest told the Canadian Press that he discussed the issue with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman at the Canadiens' 100th anniversary game on Friday. Bettman has said in the past he would consider a return to Quebec City if it followed through on plans to build a top arena and if a team were for sale.

•Sabres veteran forward Mike Grier is expected to rejoin the team by this weekend after being excused because of an illness in his family.

Associated Press

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