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Tampa Bay Lightning Captain Leaves Practice With Upper-Body Injury

Tampa Bay Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier left Monday's practice early and is now listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury.

Right when it looked like the injury bug left the Tampa Bay Lightning, it looked like it crept back up again. In Monday's morning practice, Vincent Lecavalier left the ice and did not return, supposedly sustaining what looks to be an upper-body injury.

Whether Lecavalier got injured during the morning skate or previously is yet to be determined. There were rumors that he could have testing done today, however that has not been confirmed.

After playing over 50 games already this season, it is not out of the question for some players to cut their practices or morning skates short for body maintenance. However, when Lecavalier did not return to practice on Monday, some eyebrows were raised.

Lecavalier has 10 goals and 27 points in his last 30 games and if the Lightning loses him for any amount of time, it is a blow as the team is trying to crawl back into the playoff picture. Through 58 games, Lecavalier has tallied 46 points and Tampa Bay's offense will look dramatically different if the captain is not in the lineup.

The center has not commented on the matter up until this point and whether he will play against the Anaheim Ducks is up in the air. Right now, he is said to have an upper-body injury and is listed as day-to-day.

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