Mon Oct 10 04:14pm EDT
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.
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."
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.