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Steven Stamkos | Center | #91

Team: Tampa Bay Lightning
Age / DOB:  (26) / 2/7/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 194
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 1 (1) / TB
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Steven Stamkos logged 11:55 of ice time in his return to the lineup in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.
He had surgery to repair a blood clot in his right collarbone area back on April 4 and was making his first appearance since March 31. "In order to come back and play, you have to be past that, not only physically but mentally," Stamkos said when asked if he felt tentative in his return. "I was past that. Felt pretty good." He had two shots, two hits and a minus-1 rating in Tampa Bay's 2-1 loss to Pittsburgh. May 27 - 8:45 AM

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Steven Stamkos is on the ice taking warmup reps with the Tampa Bay Lightning in advance of Game 7 on Thursday night.

Stamkos has been sidelined for two months with a blood clot, but unless Jon Cooper has a trick up his sleeve, it appears he is a go for Thursday night's do-or-die game.
May 26 - 7:52 PM

Although Lightning GM Steve Yzerman said Thursday morning that there's been no change in Steven Stamkos' status, there's still a chance he might play in Game 7 on Thursday.

Or to put it another way: We have no way of knowing if there's a chance that Stamkos will play, so by extension we can't rule it out. There has been speculation about the possibility of Stamkos' return though and Lightning coach Jon Cooper did nothing to kill it by refusing to talk directly about his lineup. "If Stamkos is in the lineup, it's our best foot forward. If he's not, it's because he was ineligible to play," Cooper added. Perhaps Stamkos is off of blood thinners and the Lightning withheld that information in the hopes of throwing off the Penguins. Maybe Stamkos can't play and the Lightning are teasing the possibility that he could in the hope that it will make things just a little tougher for Pittsburgh to prepare. Whatever the case is, we'll find out soon.
May 26 - 6:43 PM

This is your daily notice that Steven Stamkos' (blood clot) status remains unchanged.

To call it a daily notice is only a slight exaggeration as we also reported on Stamkos' status on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday and the reality is that nothing tangible has changed over that stretch. The reason why we keep providing updates though is that the question keeps getting asked and the reason the question keeps getting asked is because Stamkos' situation could change dramatically without much notice. Stamkos has been on blood thinners but as soon as that's not the case, he could end up returning very quickly. That said, it's entirely possible that Stamkos won't play at all in the postseason, even if Tampa Bay manages to advance to the Stanley Cup Final.
May 26 - 4:06 PM

Steven Stamkos (blood clot) took part in Tuesday's practice, but he isn't ready to return.

Stamkos stayed on after the practice to do bag skating with the other scratches. He confirmed afterwards that his status remains unchanged.
May 24 - 12:10 PM

Steven Stamkos (blood clot) doesn't think he'll be ready for Game 6 on Tuesday night.

He said Sunday that he didn't believe there would be updates in the next few days, so he is unlikely to be available. Stamkos participated in Sunday's skate, but he didn't play in Game 5 versus Pittsburgh.
May 23 - 4:16 PM

Steven Stamkos won't play in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final on Sunday.

There hasn't been a change in status for Stamkos (blood clot). The Lightning sniper has yet to play in a game this postseason. Last week, Stamkos said he felt ready to play physically, but he admitted "it's just not safe" for him to suit up. He continues to be day-to-day.
May 22 - 12:37 PM

Steven Stamkos (blood clot) feels like he's physically ready to play, but knows that he can't.

"It's a little different when it's pain that you're playing through," Stamkos said. "I have no pain. It's more frustrating because it's just not safe. I think there's a big difference between playing through pain and playing through your life at risk, so it's easier to comprehend it. I've played through a lot of pain and lots of hockey players play with a lot of pain. I don't feel any pain. That's the toughest part, I think, is physically feeling ready and just internally not being ready. I can't feel or see that." Stamkos is still on blood thinners and that's why his doctors have been telling him he can't play. He might not need much time to get ready when he's taken off the medication, but there's no set timetable for when he'll be ready to come off the blood thinners. It's possible he won't be able to play in the postseason at all.
May 20 - 4:02 PM

Steven Stamkos (blood clot) said he remains in a "holding pattern" and that there's no guarantee he'll play at all in the 2016 postseason.

When it comes to returning for Game 4 specifically, Stamkos put his chances of playing at 5%. In other words, anything is possible, but it would be a shocking turn if he was ready for Friday's game. On the bright side, he did practice on Thursday.
May 19 - 4:10 PM

Steven Stamkos (blood clots) is taking part in Thursday's practice.

Stamkos didn't skate on Tuesday or Wednesday. It's still not known if he'll be able to return before the end of the Eastern Conference Final.
May 19 - 12:58 PM

Steven Stamkos (blood clot) will not play in Game 3 versus Pittsburgh.

Coach Jon Cooper said there hasn't been a change in his status, so he is still on blood thinners. It's unclear if Stamkos will be able to return this postseason, but it hasn't been completely ruled out yet either.
May 18 - 11:17 AM

Steven Stamkos (blood clot) is staying patient, but he is still in a holding pattern.

"No rush at all," Stamkos said. "We've done our due diligence. It's been a process. Safety first, health first. It hasn't changed. I know as an athlete, you're willing to do whatever it takes. Trust me, I've tried. But that's the toughest part, for sure, to try to walk that line." He is six weeks in to his 1-3 month expected recovery time and he is still on blood thinners. Stamkos can resume playing about 8-10 hours after getting off his medication, but it's uncertain if that will come during Tampa Bay's series versus Pittsburgh. There's also a chance that he could miss the postseason entirely.
May 16 - 4:21 PM

Steven Stamkos (blood clot) won't be in the lineup in Game 2 versus Pittsburgh on Monday night.

He left the door open that a return could be possible when he spoke to the media originally, but admitted shortly afterward that he wouldn't be in the lineup. Stamkos hasn't changed his blood thinner regimen and it is still unclear if he will be able to play in the postseason.
May 16 - 12:05 PM

Steven Stamkos skated on the fourth line during Sunday afternoon's practice.

Stamkos was wearing a regular jersey, which allowed him to take contact from his teammates. Stamkos centered the fourth line with Vladislav Namestnikov and J.T. Brown. He didn't practice on the power play, but he was taking part in the penalty killing drills. Lightning GM Steve Yzerman said there hasn't been a change in Stamkos' status.
May 15 - 1:48 PM

Steven Stamkos is participating in Tampa Bay's team practice on Sunday afternoon.

Like he did on Friday, Stamkos is wearing a regular jersey as opposed to a no-contact jersey. Stamkos is still on blood thinners, but he insists there's a chance he could suit up at some point during the Eastern Conference Final. We'll continue to monitor Stamkos' health status.
May 15 - 1:08 PM

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4Jonathan Drouin
5Jonathan Marchessault
6Cedric Paquette
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2Ryan Callahan
3J.T. Brown
4Erik Condra
5Michael Blunden
6Joel Vermin
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2Anton Stralman
3Jason Garrison
4Braydon Coburn
5Matt Carle
6Nikita Nesterov
7Andrej Sustr
8Matt Taormina
9Slater Koekkoek
10Mattias Ohlund
G1Ben Bishop
2Andrei Vasilevskiy
3Kristers Gudlevskis