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Although there was just one game on the schedule Monday, it was anything but uneventful. The major news saw Steven Stamkos go down with a serious leg injury and he will have surgery on Tuesday to repair a broken tibia. General Manager Steve Yzerman has stated Stamkos will be out indefinitely and with this type of injury it likely means a few months.
So what does this mean for Stamkos owners? Well you aren't going to replace him on the waiver wire because he's just too good of a player, but you can try and stay afloat until he gets back. The natural thing to do would be to look at the Lightning and who might fill his spot. One person you may want to be careful with is Alex Killorn. Before cooling off in his last three games, Killorn had a nice stretch that saw him post six points in four outings. The problem here is he got a significant amount of ice-time with Stamkos, so that certainly contributed to his production. Killorn should get more opportunities with Stamkos out, but don't expect the world from him.
Valtteri Filppula might be a better option as he has proven he can be a 60-point player in the past. However, your best option may be looking on the wire for players from other organizations.
Dobber has a more in depth breakdown of the Stamkos injury that you can check out here.
Just one final non-fantasy related note on the Stamkos injury and what it does for the Canadian Olympic team. It remains to be seen if Stamkos will make it back in time for Sochi, but if not it will open the door for guys like Matt Duchene and Jamie Benn.
As far as the actual game went, Boston beat Tampa 3-0. The aforementioned Filppula saw over 23 minutes and that was his second highest total on the season. So that may be a sign of things to come.
Radko Gudas continues to do some good things for the Lightning and could be a nice defenseman to add for depth. He led Tampa on Monday with five shots and seven hits.
Anders Lindback wasn't bad giving up two goals on 25 shots, but the battle for crease in Tampa is no longer a two-horse race. Ben Bishop is clearly the number one guy there now.
The Bruins have picked it up recently and a big reason for that is Patrice Bergeron. He scored again Monday and he now has three goals in his last two games. Before that he hadn't picked up a point in four straight, so this offensive production is a welcomed change. With that being said, Bergeron has dominated in the faceoff circle this season, as he usually does, so even when he isn't producing points he still helps you out.
Tuukka Rask got the shutout with 26 stops. His rebound control is unbelievable and he has won four of his last five starts.
Loui Eriksson grabbed an assist and now has points in three straight. Any lingering concussion issues seem to be behind him.
Torey Krug continues to impress and he added another assist on Monday. That's now four straight games with a point and six in his last eight overall.
Jarome Iginla added the empty-netter and sometimes those can get a player going that has been struggling. It was his first goal since October 30th as he went five contests without finding the back of the net.
Brad Marchand was held pointless after finding the score sheet in two straight. He has battled consistency issu