Tampa Bay Steven Stamkos Out With Lower-Body Injury

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The Tampa Bay Lightning announced that centre Steven Stamkos is day-to-day with a lower-body injury and will miss tonight’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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Steven Stamkos Injured

So far this season, Stamkos has scored 26 goals and added 33 assists for 59 points to go along with 20 minutes in penalties. His possession numbers were 52.3 percent Corsi For and a relative Corsi of 0.1.

Over his 12-year NHL career, Stamkos has played solely for the Tampa Bay Lightning. He has 419 goals and 406 assists for 825 career points in 798 career games. He was originally drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round, first overall in the 2008 NHL draft.

Stamkos was a stand-out player in his days with the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League. Throughout his NHL career, he has shown why he was the first overall pick and has truly cemented his legacy as one of the greatest Lightning players to ever don a Lightning jersey.

What This Means for the Future

With Stamkos out, the Lightning recalled Mathieu Joseph from the Syracuse Crunch. Joseph has already played 34 games for the Lightning this season, putting up four goals and seven points. Joseph will be relied upon to kill penalties and shutdown games that are on the line. He plays a hard two-way game and is not afraid to go to the dirty areas of the game.

The good news for the Lightning is that Stamkos’ injury is short-term. The Lightning are riddled with injuries and could not afford to lose their captain long-term as well. Having won their last three games, the Lightning waltz into Columbus red-hot on the tale of the Boston Bruins. If Tampa wishes to keep their winning streak going, they can only hope that the hockey gods are on their side and do not keep piling up their injuries.

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