Before Thursday’s loss to the Florida Panthers, the Tampa Bay Lightning announced Steven Stamkos would miss the game. The next day, he was placed on the NHL’s COVID protocol list.
On the injury front, Stamkos is considered day-to-day with the Lightning medical staff in “no need to rush him back.” We’ve heard that before and hope it doesn’t become a nagging injury. On the COVID front, Stamkos tweeted yesterday that he got a positive test back but thinks it’s a false positive after taking a rapid test.
On Lightning Power Lunch, #Bolts asst. coach Derek Lalonde told @DaveMishkin and @GregLinnelli Steven Stamkos suffered a lower-body injury in Tuesday's game at Nashville but might have played Thursday in Florida had it been a playoff game. Staff felt no need to rush him back.— Bryan Burns (@BBurnsNHL) February 12, 2021
Thx to everyone who has reached out. At this time we suspect a false positive test. Hopefully that’s the case, and I will be back on the ice in the next couple of days . Until then I will continue to follow the NHL Covid list protocols. https://t.co/TWDEE9Zrfx— Steven Stamkos (@RealStamkos91) February 13, 2021
This is the full list posted on Friday. The NHL also posted enhanced COVID safety measures (a lot of which seemed to be obvious steps since Day 1 of the season, but I digress).
Kevin Weekes joined Frank Seravalli’s podcast to talk goalies. He joins the conversation 10 minutes in and it was a really great conversation. At 17:30, he brings up understanding and knowing which goalies are going to be real and which are fake. He has a great anecdote where he brings up a conversation with Lightning goalie coach Frantz Jean and how back when Andrei Vasilevskiy was a draft eligible prospect he knew that Vasy was going to be the goalie of the Lightning for the next decade plus. And he was right.
It was a quiet Friday in the NHL, so that’s all I got. I hope everyone has a safe and happy weekend.