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Lightning C Steven Stamkos not ready to return

Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos missed out on the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics with an injury to his right shin. He has been sidelined since November and even underwent surgery, but is still not ready to return  after the Olympic break.

From the Associated Press:

Injured Tampa Bay Lightning star Steven Stamkos is recovering, but not ready yet to return to the lineup.

Stamkos is sitting out a four-game post-Olympic trip that starts Thursday at Nashville.

Stamkos underwent X-rays on Monday that revealed that his broken right shin, which has sidelined him since November, is improving but not enough for him to be cleared to play in games.

He will travel with the team to continue practicing and is expected to be re-evaluated ahead of their March 6th game at home against the Buffalo Sabres. Tampa Bay has been doing well without him though and currently sit in third place in the Eastern Conference.

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