Panthers coach Kevin Dineen said captain Ed Jovanovski is still slowed by a knee injury suffered in Florida's previous meeting against the Lightning and despite beginning skating on Friday, will likely miss the next two weeks.
The Panthers said last week that they had hoped Jovanovski would be able to play this coming week.
"There is no expectation for the next two weeks that he'll be available to us,'' Dineen said.
"It's disappointing for him and it's disappointing for us. He leaves a void on our team both on and off the ice. That's not a reflection on the other players but a statement that Eddie brings a lot of intangibles to a team.''
Jovanovski was injured when Tampa Bay's B.J. Crombeen took him out on a knee-on-knee hit. Defenseman Keaton Ellerby -- since traded to Los Angeles - jumped Crombeen in retaliation and was assessed 19 minutes of penalties.
-- Dineen said injured winger Kris Versteeg (upper body soreness) was doubtful for Saturday's game. Versteeg missed Thursday's game against Montreal after being run over from behind Tuesday.
Versteeg skated with Jovanovski before Florida's optional practice Friday morning.