Ramblings: Stamkos On The Shelf, Francouz on Hot Streak, Same With Martin Jones? (Mar 1)

Ian Gooding


Another day, another injury. This time it's Steven Stamkos, who is expected to be out for six to eight weeks in order to undergo core muscle surgery. Assuming that timeline holds true, Stamkos would not return before the end of the regular season, effectively making him droppable in single-season leagues. Obviously, IR is more desirable, just in case you are playing until the last week of the season. Considering Stamkos was drafted on average at 12th overall in Yahoo leagues, this is a serious blow to his fantasy owners working toward a championship.

No Stamkos means that Ondrej Palat moved up to the top line with Nikita Kucherov and Brayden Point, while newly acquired Blake Coleman moves up to the second line with Anthony Cirelli and Alex Killorn. This is a big boost for Palat and Coleman in particular, with Coleman not as likely to be buried down the Lightning lineup as originally thought when the deal was made. Coleman picked up his first point as a Bolt (an assist) on Saturday.

Fantasy Take: Bolts Add Coleman

As for the power play, Tyler Johnson scored a first-period power-play goal and was on with the first unit for the entire game. TJ had been on a mini-slump with no points in his previous five games and no goals in his previous 11 games, so the loss of Stamkos may also benefit his production. Despite the Bolts' recent overall success, Tampa's power play entered Saturday's game with the league's worst power-play efficiency rate