Lightning entered the Stanley Cup Finals against the Dallas Stars on Saturday, and with some of the key players dealing with the injury, the team managed to endure an impressive run to the Eastern Conference Championship.
The biggest problem is Stamkos, who won the Richard Trophy twice, who has followed the NHL title for 12 seasons. He hasn’t played this postseason yet due to a lower body injury.
He finally wore a game jersey after Thursday’s East Final clincher-following Game 6’s victory over the New York Islanders-only to celebrate Lightning, which is the first time since 2015 to advance to the biggest stage of hockey. To.
In a conversation with the media on Friday, Tampa Bay’s general manager Julian Blythebois didn’t seem optimistic about the return of the captain, but only talked about Game 1.
“He’s still rehabing. We didn’t exclude him,” Brise Bois said. “I don’t think he’s in the lineup [Saturday]”
Stamucos has been skating with his teammates, but there is no official timetable for his return yet.
As a result, Lightning needs to change the depth of the shot for the franchise’s second Stanley Cup Championship and the first championship since 2004, now like three rounds.
“It takes a lot of good players to reach this point, and it also needs elasticity,” said Brise Bois. “Once you have enough teams to participate in the playoffs, that’s how you find your way.
“At this point, we have two teams that have found their way to the finals and one of us will find a way to raise a big trophy.”
Points were injured during Game 2 of the East Final against the Islanders. He missed games 3 and 5 while playing less than 100% in games 4 and 6.
Meanwhile, Sirelli scored a series clinch goal on Thursday night overtime after appearing to have injured his right knee in a second collision with the Islanders captain. Anders Lee..
As coach John Cooper, who plays “basically on one foot,” explained, Sirelli returned to the third term to send the winner.
“Obviously, I was feeling a little pain there,” Sirelli said.
Point shrugged a question about his feelings.
“I think everyone on both sides has something they’re dealing with,” Point said. “You can’t get here without a little vagueness. It’s just a competition.”
Lightning defeated Calgary Flames in the first title in 2004 and lost to the Chicago Blackhawks in the final round of 2015.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.