Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Mike Smith (41) makes a first-period save on a Buffalo Sabres shot during the first period of an NHL game Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O\'Meara)
TAMPA, Fla. - Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Mike Smith is out of the lineup with an injured left knee.
Smith was hurt during a morning practice before Monday night's game against Carolina. Dan Ellis replaced Smith, 10-5-0 with a 3.20 goals-against-average in 17 games this season.
A team spokesman said Smith's injury is considered minor and he is expected to be sidelined approximately two weeks.
Cedrick Desjardins, recalled from Norfolk of the AHL, was Ellis' backup.
Also, Carolina No. 1 goalie Cam Ward didn't start due to a mild infection on his forehead. Ward, who had started 10 straight games, was replaced by Justin Peters.
Peters came off the bench once—on Dec. 15 at Florida—over the Hurricanes' previous 10 games
Lightning left-winger Ryan Malone left Monday's game with an upper-body injury.