Lightning captain Steven Stamkos likely will be out the rest of the Lightning's road trip in Nashville.
Coach Jon Cooper believes the captain can return after Tampa Bay returns from the road trip that ends Tuesday.
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The team was reevaluating its captain, who left Thursday’s game with an injury, on Friday afternoon.
David Savard comes over from the Blue Jackets in a three-way trade that also involves the Red Wings.


  1. Lightning captain Steven Stamkos likely will be out the rest of the Lightning's road trip in Nashville.
  2. The TV rightsholder for local Lightning and Rays broadcasts has been rebranded to Bally Sports Sun from Fox Sports Sun.
  3. Bucs safety Antoine Winfield Jr. shows off the WWE championship belt the Bucs received after winning the Super Bowl during the boat parade celebration in February in Tampa.
  4. Lightning captain Steven Stamkos appears unlikely to play in the Lightning’s next game Saturday in Nashville.
  5. Blue Jackets defenseman David Savard, left, reaches for the puck in front of goalie Joonas Korpisalo during an April 6 game against the Lightning. Now Savard will join Tampa Bay's team after a trade.
  6. Lightning forward Steven Stamkos controls the puck next to Blue Jackets forward Alexandre Texier during the first period Thursday.
  7. Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh shoots and scores against Blue Jackets goalie Elvis Merzlikins during the first period Thursday.
  8. Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Erik Cernak, who has been sidelined since March 23, returned to the lineup Thursday night in Columbus.
  9. Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Joonas Korpisalo (70) stops a shot in front of Lightning forward Tyler Johnson, and Blue Jackets forward Jack Roslovic (96) and defenseman David Savard (58) during the third period Tuesday in Columbus.
  10. Columbus Blue Jackets forward Jack Roslovic, left, scores past Lightning forward Tyler Johnson, center, and goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy during the second period Tuesday in Columbus.
  11. WWE global ambassador Titus O'Neil thanks executives from the Tampa Bay area's four professional sports teams during a community event on Tuesday.
  12. The Lightning lost four of its next six games after Erik Cernak went down with a lower body injury in late March. As long as the defenseman is healthy come playoff time, the Lightning should be fine.
  13. Lightning center Steven Stamkos collides with Red Wings goaltender Thomas Greiss during the third period of Tampa Bay's 5-1 loss Sunday at Amalie Arena.
  14. From left, Detroit's Anthony Mantha, Michael Rasmussen and Givani Smith celebrate after Rasmussen scores Sunday against the Lightning in the second period.
  15. Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) defends the goal against the Detroit Red Wings during the second period at Amalie Arena Tampa on Saturday, April 3, 2021.
  16. Lightning center Brayden Point celebrates his first-period goal against Columbus in Thursday's 3-2 win over the Blue Jackets. The goal snapped Point's four-game scoreless streak in which he saw few scoring opportunities.
  17. Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (77) makes a save on a shot by Columbus Blue Jackets center Boone Jenner (38) with Tampa Bay goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) out of the play during the second period Thursday in Tampa.
  18. Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point (21), left, skates to congratulate Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ross Colton (79) on his goal, with Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Mathieu Joseph (7) and Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Pat Maroon (14), during the third period of the game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday April 1, 2021, at Amalie Arena in Tampa.
  19. The Rays and Lightning's local TV rights-holder has a new name, changing to Bally Sports Sun from Fox Sports Sun, but some fans still can't watch games because of a carriage fee dispute.
  20. Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (77) stayed on the ice after going awkwardly into the boards during the second period of Tampa Bay's 3-1 loss to Columbus Tuesday at Amalie Arena. Blue Jackets defenseman Mikko Lehtonen, left, looks on.
  21. Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Curtis McElhinney (35) looks on as the Columbus Blue Jackets celebrate their goal scored by defenseman David Savard (58) scores making it 2-0 during second period action at Amalie Arena, on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 in Tampa.