The Lightning's Anthony Cirelli (71) and Ross Colton put pressure on Panthers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky during the first period Saturday at Amalie Arena.
Tampa Bay drops behind Florida into third in the Central Division standings with a 5-3 loss.
The captain is expected to return to practice within the next 7-10 days, according to coach Jon Cooper.
Is the captain’s current setback related to last year’s injuries? Jon Cooper says the team should know more soon.
Tampa Bay made a big acquisition in defenseman David Savard. How did its division rivals counter?


  1. Earlier today• Lightning
    The Lightning's Anthony Cirelli (71) and Ross Colton put pressure on Panthers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky during the first period Saturday at Amalie Arena.
  2. The Penguins' Sidney Crosby warms up for Saturday's joint Pride Game with the Sabres in a jersey with his rainbow-colored number on the back in Buffalo.
  3. Lightning center Steven Stamkos missed all but one game of the postseason last year, but the team hopes to have him back before the end of the regular season in May.
  4. The NHL has extend its regular season to May 19 as more games are rescheduled because of coronavirus outbreaks and it tries to get every team to play a full 56-game regular season.
  5. Coach Jon Cooper says the Lightning expect to have Steven Stamkos back possibly as early as May 5.
  6. The Panthers acquired defenseman Brandon Montour from the Sabres after losing Aaron Ekblad to a season-ending leg injury, but Montour is no Ekblad.
  7. Tampa Bay Lightning's Steven Stamkos stretches before an NHL hockey game against the Detroit Red Wings Friday, Feb. 5, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius)
  8. Tampa Bay Lightning center Alex Barre-Boulet (60) battles to move the puck against Florida Panthers center Alex Wennberg (21) during first period action at Amalie Arena, on Thursday, April 15, 2021 in Tampa.
  9. Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (77) beats Florida Panthers goaltender Chris Driedger (60) to score the game winning over time goal as the Lightning beat the Panthers 3-2 at Amalie Arena, on Thursday, April 15, 2021 in Tampa.
  10. A look at the Amalie Arena loft area that's being transformed into a living area for five for the Lightning's Room and Boards experience.
  11. Ryan Fitzpatrick sported his prominent beard, and some of teammate DeSean Jackson's threads, during a postgame news conference following a Week Two upset of the Eagles in 2019.
  12. Coming off their worst loss of the year Tuesday night in Nashville, forward Tyler Johnson and the Lightning hope to get back to form Thursday as they open a four-game stretch against division rivals Florida and Carolina. Johnson is in the middle of an 11-game goal drought.
  13. Lightning goaltender Curtis McElhinney (35) stops a shot by the Nashville Predators as defenseman Victor Hedman (77) assists, during the second period Tuesday in Nashville, Tenn.
  14. Lightning defenseman David Savard (58) and Nashville Predators center Ryan Johansen (92) watch the puck during the second period.
  15. “History has proven that you will need depth on defense if you are going to have an extended playoff run,” Lightning general manager Julien BriseBois said in a statement.
  16. Yanni Gourde scores an empty-net goal against the Predators with 46 seconds left in the Lightning's 3-0 win Saturday night in Nashville. Twenty seconds later, he got an illegal  hit in the head from the Predators' Michael McCarron.
  17. David Savard (58) is one of the league’s best when it comes to being a big body down low and blocking shots.
  18. Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy blocks a shot against the Predators in the second period of Saturday's game in Nashville.
  19. Lightning captain Steven Stamkos likely will be out the rest of the Lightning's road trip in Nashville.
  20. The TV rightsholder for local Lightning and Rays broadcasts has been rebranded to Bally Sports Sun from Fox Sports Sun.
  21. 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.
  22. Lightning captain Steven Stamkos appears unlikely to play in the Lightning’s next game Saturday in Nashville.