As Panthers coach Kevin Dineen stood in a Iceplex hallway and discussed injuries to captain Ed Jovanovski and tough guy George Parros, the light above Dineen cut out.

The shift to partial darkness seemed a metaphor for not just the Panthers’ season, but that of Jovanovski.

“Eddie is going to be out indefinitely,” Dineen said. “He’s had a recurring lower-body injury that he’s worked extremely hard to get healthy. He’s got to get healthy, and he’s not there yet. We do not expect him back anytime soon. We’ll get on the eight-day road trip and give you an update when we get back.”

Though Dineen didn’t specify the injury, he did say Jovanovski came into the season with the injury. Jovanovski has had problems with a sore hip in the past.

Jovanovski returned to the lineup Saturday after missing 21 games with a “lower-body injury” then left the game during the second period. He’s 36, in the second year of a four-year deal with a possibly chronic injury. More than one player has decided to end his career under these circumstances.

Asked about that possibility, Dineen said, “It’s a hard comment for me right now. I played against this guy. I’ve been in slashing matches with him. I’ve seen the way he’s played as a teammate last year. I think extremely highly of him, and I think [the team’s eight-day road trip will] give him a chance to get a feel for where he is, where we are right now.”