Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos “suffered a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee” during last night’s game in Detroit and “will remain out of the lineup indefinitely,” Lightning GM Steve Yzerman announced this afternoon.
“We are in the process of evaluating options for repair and rehabilitation and will release more information as it becomes available,” added Yzerman.
It was reported earlier today that Stamkos had been sent home from the Lightning’s road trip, which still has stops in Buffalo, Philadelphia, and Nashville.
Stamkos has nine goals and 11 assists in 17 games this season.
The 26-year-old forward has a well-documented history with injuries. He missed more than half of the 2013-14 regular season with a broken leg, and almost all of last year’s playoff run while dealing with ramifications from a blood-clotting issue.