HUGE news outa the bubble in Edmonton, for the first time since February 25th Lightning Captain Steven Stamkos will suit up and play for Tampa tonight for Game 3 against the Stars. Stamkos has been out for almost 7 months due to a core injury he had to get repaired on March 2nd, but has been skating with the team and has even taken warmups with the team.
Can't imagine Stamkos will be thrown into the fire and be on the first PP unit right away, or even on the top 6. He took line rushes in warmups with Maroon and Paquette, who is normally the Lightning's 4th line. I think if you get a 5v3 you throw Stamkos out there and just T him up for one-timers. Build that confidence early. Huge add for the Lightning nonetheless, and you've got to imagine if you bet on the Lightning you're pretty pumped right now.