Could Steven Stamkos return this weekend?
Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos, who suffered a broken leg in November, seems set to return as soon as this week. The Tampa Bay Times has reported that Stamkos is eyeing his return for this Saturday against the Detroit Red Wings. Stamkos has missed over 40 games this season, but has been back at practice for the past few weeks.
On Monday, Stamkos told the Tampa Bay Times, “I feel great and haven’t had any issues.” The game is set to be played in Tampa.
This is the final game before the Olympic break for the Lighting and will see if the 23-year-old star is set to play for Team Canada in Sochi, Russia.
The Lightning finish up a four game road trip tonight in Minnesota going home for the final two games before the break. This gives Stamkos time to practice on home ice and determine if he is set to return to game action for a Saturday show down.
If Stamkos deems himself not ready for Saturday, it’s not the end of the world for Tampa Bay. Since he went down in November the team is playing really well. They are second in the Atlantic Division and third overall in the Eastern Conference. Their overall record is 32-18-5, giving them a total of 69 points. The Lighting are only four points back of the Boston Bruins for first in the Atlantic Division. With a win tonight on the road the Lightning will also tie the New York Rangers with 17 wins on the road in the East. So with or with out Stamkos, the Lightning seem to be in good shape. A little bit more of a wait never hurt coming off a broken leg.
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