Report: Lightning’s Stamkos day-to-day with lower-body injury, out Monday


Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos. (Chris O'Meara/AP)

Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos will miss a second-straight game Monday as he recovers from a lower-body injury, head coach Jon Cooper told reporters.

Stamkos played just 5:17 of his club’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks on Nov. 21, sitting the majority of the tilt after re-aggravating a lower-body injury. He missed Saturday’s game against the Anaheim Ducks, and appears to need more time to recover.

The captain’s posted seven goals and 20 points through 19 games thus far this season. He suited up for a full 82-game campaign last year for the first time in four seasons, posting a career-best, 98-point effort after being limited to just 17 games a few years prior.

Tampa Bay’s seen both its marquee scorers flirt with injury scares already this season, as Nikita Kucherov missed one game while dealing with an upper-body injury as well.

The Lightning have a pair of tough, physical affairs coming up after their meeting with the Sabres on Monday, taking on the Blues and Capitals on Wednesday and Friday.

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