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Mattias Ohlund under knife for both knees, could miss 2 monthsLost in all the hype about the Tampa Bay Lightning's playoff run last season was the play of defenseman Mattias Ohlund(notes).

He was a plus-5 through 18 games, leading the Bolts in shorthanded ice time for defensemen (3:50 TOI per game) for a unit that killed 72 of 78 chances.

So losing Ohlund to injury is not without consequences, and the Lightning appear to have lost him for up to two months for surgery on both knees, Coach Guy Boucher revealed before his team's game against the Washington Capitals on Monday.

From Lightning Strikes:

Ohlund, who hasn't practiced since Sept. 30, had an MRI exam last week that apparently revealed no damage. The alternate captain's absence - for however long - leaves a void in the Lightning's lineup, and on the penalty kill.

"We missed him the first month and a half of the year (last season), and it looks like we're going to miss him for the first month and a half, two months of the year," Boucher said. "So it hurts because what it does, we have to put (Victor) Hedman against the top lines, not that he can't do the job, he's been our best defenseman. It asks a lot of other guys that are not really in some of the spots (they) should be in."

The Bolts have used Eric Brewer(notes) and Victor Hedman(notes) as their primary penalty killers in the first two games, with the always solid Nate Thompson(notes) as the leading forward.

Part of the concern here, of course, is that a 35-year-old defenseman with 909 NHL games to his credit is going under the knife for both knees; a defenseman signed through 2016 no less.

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