Tampa Bay Lightning star Steve Stamkos missed Game 1 last night against the Bruins, and if the current report is true, he will not be playing at any point in the series against the Bruins. According to Tampa Bay radio host, Mike Calta, Stamkos has left the NHL bubble due to a groin injury. That would automatically eliminate him from the series, and there is a strong chance he will not play regardless. This news needs to be taken with a grain of salt because the NHL, and Tampa Bay Lightning have remained tight lipped, but it is not far fetched seeing as Stamkos has yet to play in a game since the NHL returned.
Lightning coach Jon Cooper seemed frustrated when asked about the injury status, and said he is done giving updates on Stamkos until further notice.
“There’s no further updates,” Cooper said Saturday. “I’ll address it when he becomes available but it’s pointless to keep asking about it.” Stamkos won’t play in Game 1 against Boston on Sunday night. He hasn’t played since the restart. Cooper mentioned that Stamkos is still rehabbing from an injury, which was revealed as a lower-body issue prior to the NHL Return to Play.
This would obviously be a big boost to the Bruins if they do not have to face off with the Lightning star.
— Mike Calta (@MrMikeCalta) August 24, 2020
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) August 23, 2020