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Monday, October 20, 2014

Lightning Injury Update: Killorn out, Drouin in

By on 10/20/2014 10:26:00 PM

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Alex Killorn was removed from the lineup not long before the game was supposed to begin on Monday night. As reported by Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Bay Tribune, Killorn took a spill at practice Monday morning. He had some difficulty getting up, and eventually left the ice. In his place, rookie Jonathan Drouin makes his NHL debut.

After practice, Lightning head coach Jon Cooper said that Killorn should play in the game. The exact nature of the injury is not known at this point.

Killorn had a goal in each of his last two games played, his only two goals of the season through five games played. He's averaging just over 15 minutes of TOI.

Because of the injury, the third overall pick in the 2013 NHL entry draft, Jonathan Drouin, will play his first career game in the league. He was called up from the AHL on Sunday after being assigned for a conditioning stint. The 19-year-old played two games with the Syracuse Crunch, scoring a goal and two assists.

Drouin was suffering from a fractured thumb before being assigned to Syracuse.

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