Steven Stamkos could make his return this weekend, Saturday the 8th, against the Detroit Red Wings. It will be the Lightning’s last game before the Olympic break – 7 PM puck drop in Tampa Bay.
Steven Stamkos is pretty serious about returning before the Olympics to see if he can give it a go for Team Canada. The Tampa Bay Lightning star forward is targeting a turn very soon.
How soon? Try this coming Saturday, the last day before the NHL shuts down for the Olympic break.
Stamkos hasn’t played since breaking his right tibia on November 11th against the Boston Bruins. So far this season he has played in 17 games and has scored 14 goals and has 9 assists. Playing before the Winter Olympics is without a doubt on the mind of Stamkos, as he has been selected to play on Team Canada.
Obviously Stamkos has been working hard to recover in time to play in the Olympics for Canada, and it would be even better to get one game under his belt in the NHL before heading off to Sochi. Not exactly sure how the Lightning feel about the situation, since it may not be in their best interest for the superstar to push his return and risk a setback in his full recovery.
We will just have to wait and see this weekend if Stamkos makes a return after three+ months of recovery after his injury and surgery.