Steven Stamkos won’t play tonight in Toronto, and he’s unlikely to play Friday or Sunday either.
In other words, the Lightning captain’s season is probably done. His knee just isn’t 100 percent yet.
“Yeah, it’s probably not looking that good,” Stamkos said Thursday, per NHL.com.
“If it doesn’t feel right, you can’t expect to be able to go out there and do the things you can when you’re healthy. Obviously with a significant injury, which it was, you want to make sure that things are healed so you don’t ever have to deal with it again.”
Theoretically, Stamkos could be ready in time for the playoffs. But the Lightning are unlikely to make the cut. In fact, they could be mathematically eliminated tonight.
Tampa Bay plays in Montreal Friday and hosts Buffalo Sunday.