Steven Stamkos to return for Lightning after false positive COVID-19 test

Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos will return to the lineup on Monday against the Florida Panthers, according to team reporter Bryan Burns. 

Stamkos missed Tampa’s last two games after a false positive COVID-19 test. However, he was scratched from Thursday’s contest against the Panthers due to a lower-body injury. The injury would have kept him out of Saturday’s game, too, according to Eduardo A. Encina of the Tampa Bay Times. 

Stamkos has 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) in 11 games this season. He has seven points in his last five games. 

The Lightning rank first in the Central Division with a 10-2-1 record and 21 points. 

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