Steven Stamkos has confirmed that he’s ready to get back into playoff action along side Nikita Kucherov.
The Canadian forward has not played since April 8th because of a lower-body injury and the league’s MVP from 2019 has not played at all following off season hip surgery. Neither forward will suit up for the remaining two games of the season.
Kucherov has been skating for Tampa Bay for the past two months but he remains on top of his game with line rushes and continues to work on the team’s first powerplay unit.
Stamkos has been a full participant all season in preparation for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
A start date for the tournament has yet to be announced, but the Lightning know that they’re first round opponent is the Florida Panthers and they play against each other on Saturday and Monday to conclude this season.
|2021-05-13 15:10||USA||Lower Body||I-R: Stamkos is on the injured reserve list with a lower-body injury, but he is projected to face the Panthers for Game 1 of the Central Division semifinals..|
|2021-05-04 13:10||CBS||Lower Body||IR. Expected to be out until at least May 12|
|2021-04-17 04:10||FOX||Lower Body||Out Lower Body|
|2020-02-26 02:40||ESPN||Undisclosed||Stamkos (undisclosed) will not return to Tuesday’s game against the Maple Leafs.|
|2020-02-15 01:40||ESPN||Lower Body||Stamkos (lower body) is considered a game-time call for Saturday’s tilt versus the Flyers, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports.|
|2019-11-20 03:10||ESPN||Undisclosed||Coach Jon Cooper thinks Stamkos will likely suit up Tuesday despite missing morning skate due to an undisclosed issue, Bryan Burns of the Lightning’s official site reports.|
|2018-04-13 03:10||ESPN||Lower Body||As expected, Stamkos (lower body) will dress for Thursday’s Game 1 against the Devils, Bryan Burns of the Lightning’s official site reports.|
|2018-04-04 03:10||ESPN||Lower Body||Stamkos (lower body) will not take part in Tuesday’s game against the Bruins, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.|
|2018-03-27 03:10||ESPN||Lower Body||Stamkos is day-to-day with a lower-body issue and will miss Monday’s clash with Arizona.|
|2017-08-02 03:10||ESPN||Knee||Stamkos, who’s been recovering from knee surgery since mid-November, should be available for the start of training camp and also the beginning of next season — according to GM Steve Yzerman, the Tampa Bay Times reports.|
|2016-11-21 03:10||ESPN||Knee||Stamkos (knee) has been placed on injured reserve according to the NHL’s official media site.|
|2016-05-27 03:10||ESPN||Upper Body||Stamkos (upper body) told reporters there has been “no status change” in his health and ruling himself out for Game 7 on Thursday against the Penguins, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.|
|2016-05-19 03:10||ESPN||Upper Body||Stamkos (upper body) will watch Game 3 from the sidelines as he continues to battle a blood clot issue, Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.|
|2016-05-10 03:10||ESPN||Upper Body||Stamkos (upper body) continues to skate with the red non-contact jersey with no specific return date, reports the Tampa Bay Times, but CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada reports the center is “close to a return.”|
|2016-04-29 03:10||ESPN||Arm||Stamkos doesn’t know when he will stop using blood thinners for a clot in his right arm, but said he could return 12-24 hours after getting off them, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.|
|2016-04-05 03:10||ESPN||Undisclosed||Stamkos underwent a procedure Monday to treat what is described as “a type of Vascular Thoracic Outlet Syndrome.”|