Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos will miss the next 6-8 weeks due to a core muscle injury.

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The Lightning captain will have his surgery on Monday. The surgery will 100% cost him the rest of the season but the team is hopeful he will return during the first round of the playoffs which with the way things are looking now could be vs The Toronto Maple Leafs.

Stamkos, who missed five of the past 10 games, Has 66 points in 57 games this season and will be a huge loss for Tampa down the stretch with 3 games still left vs Atlantic division leaders The Boston Bruins.

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