Lightning D Mattias Ohlund and his balky right knee will start the season on injured reserve, GM Steve Yzerman said Monday, freeing up a roster spot as the team makes its final cuts today to get to the maximum 23 players.

Before those decisions are finalized, the team will wait for a report on C Dominic Moore, who, like Ohlund, had an MRI exam Monday. Moore's problem is a sore back.

"It's more a precaution," Yzerman said. "We're going to get it checked out and make sure we're not missing anything."

Whatever is found, the door has opened further for RW Brett Connolly to make the team. Because he is junior-eligible, Connolly, 19, can play nine NHL games before he must be sent back to juniors or have the clock start on his three-year, $2.7 million contract.