Stephens potted a goal on two shots and handed out four hits Monday in a 3-2 shootout win over Washington. Stephens made a nifty doorstep deflection of a Patrick Maroon feed in the second period to stake the Lightning to a 2-0 lead. He also enjoyed an efficient night in the faceoff circle, winning eight of 12 (66.7 percent) draws. Stephens, who centered Tampa Bay's fourth line Monday, contributed three goals and three assists in 38 regular-season games as a first-year NHLer.
Stephens scored a short-handed goal on his lone shot in a 2-1 loss to Boston on Tuesday. He also provided five hits and won four of five faceoffs. Stephens swatted home a loose puck during a scramble in front to get the Lightning on the board late in the second period. It was the third goal of the season for the 23-year-old rookie and his first since Jan. 5, halting a 22-game slump. Stephens is averaging just over 10 minutes per night in a fourth-line role and is not a fantasy factor.
The Lightning recalled Stephens from AHL Syracuse on Wednesday. Stephens was sent down to minors Monday to retain his AHL eligibility, but he's back with the big club with a chance to re-enter the lineup Thursday against the Blackhawks. The 2015 second-round pick (33rd overall) will likely suit up if Steven Stamkos (undisclosed) is ruled out.
Tampa Bay assigned Stephens (lower body) to AHL Syracuse on Monday, Diana C. Nearhos of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Stephens was held out of Saturday's game against Arizona with a lower-body injury, but his demotion indicates that's no longer an issue. The 23-year-old pivot will likely be back with the big club sooner rather than later.
Stephens (lower body) will sit out Saturday's game against the Coyotes, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports. The 23-year-old is day-to-day, so Stephens shouldn't miss too much time. Stephens has five points in 33 games this season, meaning his absence, while unfortunate, will not alter fantasy fortunes all that much.
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