Stamkos (abdomen) underwent an additional core muscle procedure Wednesday but is expected to be ready for the start of the 2020-21 season, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports.
Stamkos was able to play in just one game for the Lightning during the playoffs in which he scored a goal on one shot in only 2:47 of ice time. Once cleared for the upcoming season, the 29-year-old should get back to being a point-per-game producer and elite fantasy option.
Stamkos (lower body) is expected to be fully fit and ready to play for the start of the 2020-21 campaign, Erik Erlendsson of LightningInsider.com reports.
Stamkos played in just one game during the postseason, managing to score a goal despite logging a mere 2:47 of ice time. Despite not having the elite center, the team still managed to lift Lord Stanley's cup. During the regular season, Stamkos averaged over a point per game for the fourth straight year and should be an early-round selection in nearly all season-long formats.
Coach Jon Cooper said Stamkos (lower body) won't return to the Stanley Cup Final against Dallas, Emily Kaplan of ESPN reports.
Stamkos made his playoff debut in Game 3 and logged just 2:47 of ice time, but he managed to score a goal on his only shot. The injury has proved to be too much to play through, however, so the Lightning will need to close out the Stars without their captain in the lineup.
Stamkos (undisclosed) won't be available for Saturday's Game 5 against the Stars, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.
The Lightning will have a chance to clinch the Cup with a win Saturday, so it's quite possible we won't see Stamkos on the ice again this postseason. The 30-year-old pivot made his 2019-20 postseason debut in Wednesday's Game 3, and he made the most of his brief appearance, potting a goal in just 2:47 of ice time before reaggravating his injury and missing the rest of the eventual 5-2 win. If the Lightning are able to secure Lord Stanley's Cup without Stamkos' assistance Saturday, it will be important to closely monitor the oft-injured forward's health heading into next year's fantasy drafts.
Stamkos (undisclosed) will not be in action for Friday's Game 4 clash with Dallas.
Coach Jon Cooper was clear that Stamkos hasn't been ruled out for the rest of the Stanley Cup Finals, though with a back-to-back on the schedule, it seems unlikely the veteran center will be ready for Game 5 on Saturday. In his lone appearance this postseason, Stamkos scored a goal on one shot in just 2:47 of ice time in Game 3. If he does play, Stamkos will provide high-end fantasy value even if he's stuck in a bottom-six role as a way to manage his minutes.
Stamkos (undisclosed) said after Wednesday's Game 3 versus the Stars there's an issue that he's still working through, Kevin McGran of The Toronto Star reports.
Stamkos was active for Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Stars in Game 3, but he skated just five shifts in the contest. He scored a goal but didn't play in the second or third periods. It's unclear at this time if Stamkos is going to be available for a back-to-back for Games 4 and 5 on Friday and Saturday.
Stamkos (undisclosed) was missing from the bench to start the second period of Wednesday's Game 3 against Dallas, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports.
Stamkos returned to the lineup for the first time this postseason while dealing with a lower-body issue. Even though he snipped a goal on his only shot in the first period, he only saw 3:08 of ice time. As long as Stamkos is out of the lineup, the team will roll with 11 forwards.
Stamkos (lower body) is in the lineup and will play in Wednesday's Game 3 against the Stars, Kevin McGran of The Toronto Star reports.
This is a huge boost for the Lightning with Stamkos making his postseason debut in the Stanley Cup Final, as he has not seen game action in 215 days. Before the season was paused and he dealt with injury, Stamkos was riding a 15-game point streak, racking up 12 goals and 22 points across that span. The 30-year-old took line rushes on the fourth line with Cedric Paquette and Patrick Maroon during warmups, so it's unclear just how much ice time he'll receive Wednesday.
Stamkos (lower body) will not be available for Game 2 against Dallas on Monday, Tim Campbell of NHL.com reports.
Stamkos has been back on the ice skating with his teammates but he still doesn't appear too close to a return. Barring a major turnaround, the 30-year-old forward seems likely to miss the rest of the postseason.
Stamkos (lower body) is unlikely to play in Monday's Game 2 against Dallas, though he hasn't been officially ruled out, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports.
Considering Stamkos hasn't appeared in an NHL game since Feb. 25 against Toronto, it would be a surprise to see him back in action in the Stanley Cup Final. Still, the elite center racked up 66 points in 57 games this season and would no doubt provide a boost to the Lightning attack, which could use all the help it can get after registering just one goal in Game 1.
Stamkos (lower body) won't be available for Saturday's Game 1 against the Stars, Stephen Whyno of the Associated Press reports.
Stamkos began skating with his teammates earlier this week, so he's clearly making progress in his rehab, but there's still no timetable for his return to game action. At this point the 30-year-old pivot should be considered a longshot at best to suit up for Monday's Game 2.
Stamkos (lower body) has been skating with his teammates but is no closer to getting back into game action, Stephen Whyno of the Associated Press reports.
Already ruled out for the Eastern Conference finals, at this point it seems unlikely Stamkos will make a postseason appearance at all. Even if the Lightning advance to the Stanley Cup Final, there is likely only another couple of weeks for the center to get back to 100 percent and up to game speed. If he can stay healthy next year, Stamkos remains an elite option and should be able to top the point-per-game pace for a fifth straight year.
Coach Jon Cooper said Sunday that Stamkos (lower body) won't be available for the Eastern Conference Final against the Islanders, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports.
Cooper didn't discuss if Stamkos had been skating with the team, but it still doesn't sound like he appears close to a return. The veteran has still yet to be ruled out of the playoffs entirely, so his next chance to suit up would presumably be for the Stanley Cup Final in late September.
According to general manager Julien BriseBois, although Stamkos (lower body) remains out indefinitely, a return at some point during the playoffs has not been ruled out, The Athletic's Joe Smith reports.
Due to the NHL's new injury update policy, the Lightning haven't released any details regarding the specific nature of Stamkos' injury or how his rehab is progressing, but it's at least somewhat encouraging to hear he has yet to be ruled out of the playoffs entirely. Nonetheless, his return certainly doesn't sound imminent. Tampa Bay will take on either the Flyers or Islanders in the Eastern Conference finals, which could begin as early as this weekend.
Stamkos (lower body) is listed as a scratch for Monday's Game 5 against Boston.
Stamkos still has yet to resume practicing with his teammates, and until that happens, he should be considered out indefinitely. Tampa Bay will have a chance to advance to the Eastern Conference finals with a win Monday, so the Lightning are in a good position to give Stamkos plenty of additional opportunities to return to the lineup this postseason.
Per coach Jon Cooper, Stamkos (lower body) is still rehabbing and thus remains unavailable for the beginning of Tampa Bay's second-round matchup with the Bruins, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports.
Stamkos is still working his way back from the lower-body injury he suffered during the Lightning's pre-postseason training camp. The 30-year-old forward has yet to begin practicing with his teammates, so at this point he should be considered out indefinitely as the second round gets underway with Sunday's Game 1 against the Bruins. Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn should continue to skate on the Bolts' second line until Stamkos is ready to return, whenever that may be.
Stamkos (lower body) will once again be out of the lineup versus the Blue Jackets for Game 5 on Wednesday, Erik Erlendsson of LightningInsider.com reports.
Stamkos remains out indefinitely due to his lower-body issue. Once cleared to play, the Ontario native should immediately slot into a first-line role for the Lightning, but for now, Ondrej Palat figures to hold down that spot in the lineup.
Stamkos (lower body) will not return to the lineup against the Blue Jackets for Game 4 on Monday, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports.
Stamkos was deemed out indefinitely, so fantasy players shouldn't be surprised to see him not taking the ice for warmups. Prior to the league going on hiatus, he was riding a 15-game point streak in which he racked up 12 goals and 22 points.
Stamkos (lower body) won't play in Saturday's Game 3 matchup versus the Blue Jackets, per the NHL's official media site.
Stamkos is still waiting to hit the ice for the first time since February. Ondrej Palat, Brayden Point and Nikita Kucherov are lined up on the top unit for this matchup, and there's still no clear timeline on when Stamkos will return to the lineup.
Stamkos (lower body) will not be in the lineup versus Columbus for Game 2 on Thursday, per NHL.com.
Stamkos hasn't played since Feb. 25 versus Toronto and remains shelved Thursday. Without the Ontario native, the Lightning should continue to utilize Ondrej Palat on the top line with Brayden Point and Nikita Kucherov. If Stamkos can return at any point, he should provide top-end fantasy value, though there is no indication of when he might be cleared to play.
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|02/20||@ LV||L 3-5||2||0||2||-1||18:06|
|02/17||@ COL||W 4-3 (OT)||1||0||1||+1||20:52|
|02/15||vs PHI||W 5-3||0||2||2||+1||18:36|
|02/08||vs NYI||W 3-1||1||0||1||+2||16:41|
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