Stamkos and the Lightning have had Tuesday's matchup with the Hurricanes postponed until Feb. 22. At this time, the two clubs are still scheduled to square off Thursday, which will be the first game since Jan. 18 for the Hurricanes. It's been a strong start to the season for Stamkos, as he has registered two goals and four helpers in four outings and will look to pick up where he left off Thursday.
Stamkos scored a goal and added an assist in Friday's 5-2 win over the Blackhawks. Stamkos is fitting in just fine as the right wing on Brayden Point's line. The former has racked up two goals and five points through two games this year, although both have been against the decidedly below-average Blackhawks. Stamkos added four shots on goal and a plus-2 rating Friday. Fantasy managers in daily formats will have to wait until Thursday to insert Stamkos back into their lineups after the Lightning's games versus the Stars on Sunday and Tuesday were postponed.
Stamkos scored a goal and two assists -- including a goal and assist on the power play -- along with five shots in Wednesday's 5-1 win over the Blackhawks. Stamkos assisted on Ondrej Palat's power-play tally in the first period, then scored himself with the extra man in the second before picking up an even-strength helper on Brayden Point's goal in the third. The Lightning's captain is expected to lead the team's high-powered offense with Nikita Kucherov (hip) out for the regular season, and Stamkos was up to the task on Opening Night. Any concerns about the abdominal injury that Stamkos addressed with offseason surgery were put to bed with this performance.
Stamkos (abdomen) doesn't look limited at all at training camp, reports Joe Smith of The Athletic. Stammer has been throwing his weight around, engaging in physical battles, and his one-timer is "on point." He's back on the top line with Nikita Kucherov on the IR, and that could put Stamkos on a goal-every-other-game pace. That's borderline first-round material.
General manager Julien BriseBois expects Stamkos (abdomen) to be ready for the start of the regular season, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports. Stamkos underwent a core muscle procedure in October, and although he may be eased in during training camp, he should be ready to rock when Tampa Bay raises its Stanley Cup banner Jan. 13 against the Blackhawks. Stamkos was plagued by injuries last year, but he was one of the best forwards in the league when healthy, racking up 29 goals, 37 assists and 176 shots on goal in just 57 contests. If he's able to avoid the injury bug in 2020-21, he'll be a premiere fantasy option.
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