In case you missed it, last night Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos left his team’s game against the Nashville Predators with a lower body injury.
Lightning fans held their breath and then collectively broke into a frenzy after the team confirmed the news and also confirmed that he would not return to the game.
The Stamkos-less Lightning ended up losing the decision 4-1 to the Preds. Ouch.
This morning however the team announced that Stamkos’ injury is not serious and that he’s not expected to miss much time. Officially he’s listed as day to day with a lower body injury.
Stamkos missed practice today, but that’s to be expected the night after leaving with an injury.
The 28 year old superstar has 27 goals and 86 points in 78 games this season. The Lightning are no doubt playing it cautious with Stamkos whose injury history is well documented. Rest up, Stammer. The Bolts are going to need you in peak form if they have any chance of a Stanley Cup run.
In case you missed it on Saturday, Toronto Maple Leafs rookie Travis Dermott left the game midway through the first period in the team’s 3-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets last night and did not return.
It appeared that Dermott was injured while unintentionally blocking a shot off his foot. He was in considerable pain afterward and did not return to the game.
Here’s the play in question:
Turns out it wasn’t just a stinger. But the extent of the injury and Dermott’s status has not yet been confirmed. Head coach Mike Babcock met with the assembled media after the game to offer up an update:
Well, that’s… somewhat encouraging?
This morning Babcock met with the media yet again to offer a more formal update. This time, the news was more than encouraging.
Check it out:
Whew. Bullet dodged. Officially Dermott is listed as day to day, so don’t expect him for tonight’s game against the Buffalo Sabres. The Leafs don’t play again until Thursday night when they take on the surging New Jersey Devils in New Jersey, if Dermott can’t go then, he’ll likely play Saturday at home in the Leafs’ final 2017-18 regular season game against the rival Montreal Canadiens.
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