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Steven Stamkos Out 6-8 Weeks, Needs Surgery

Steven Stamkos will undergo surgery for a core muscle injury and is expected to miss six-to-eight weeks which means, the rest of the regular season and potentially the first round of the playoffs.

Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos will undergo surgery for a core muscle injury and is expected to miss six-to-eight weeks which means, the rest of the regular season and potentially the first round of the playoffs.

The Lightning announced his injury status on Saturday just as the Tampa Bay Lightning were set to take on the Calgary Flames. (a game the Lightning won 4-3). The Lightning are second in the Atlantic Division but this is a huge blow for the organization. Stamkos has 29 goals and 66 points this season, trailing only Nikita Kucherov in both categories.

This is now three serious injuries in only six seasons for Stamkos. First, Stamkos suffered a broken leg in 2014, when he crashed into the goal post and had to be stretchered off the ice. He underwent surgery and missed all but 37 games that season. In 2016, Stamkos was diagnosed with a blood clot missing significant time as well. The following season he played only 17 games after suffering a partial tear of the meniscus in his right knee.

He’s had a run of back luck and hopefully this injury is nothing that will have long-lasting affects on the rest of his NHL career.

The surgery will be performed Monday by Dr. Michael Brunt at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

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