Tampa Bay Lightning striker Stephen Stamkos sustained a lower-body injury, journalist Brian Burns reported on Twitter. The hockey player was placed on the list of long-term injured. Therefore, he will not help the team in the next seven matches and return to service no earlier than May. He was placed on the injury list on April 9th and has already missed three meetings.
This season, the striker has played 38 games and scored 34 points for performance (17 + 17).
After 40 games, Tampa, with 60 points, shares the top spot in the Central Division with Carolina, who have one less game played. At the end of the regular season, four teams from each division will advance to the playoffs.
Stamkos was injured on April 8 in the third period against the Columbus Blue Jackets. He missed most of the playoffs last year with a lower-body injury, playing five shifts in the third match of the final series against the Dallas Stars.