Coop says that Steven Stamkos is done for the series. #TBLvsDAL— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) September 27, 2020
Tampa Bay has done just fine without Stamkos thus far, defeating the Columbus Blue Jackets, Boston Bruins and New York Islanders to reach the Stanley Cup Final in his absence. In his first game since February, though, Stamkos lit the lamp to help Tampa Bay win Game 3 on Wednesday, signifying that his impact is pretty large.
While Stamkos certainly can help the Lightning in their quest for the Stanley Cup, there's no reason to rush him back onto the ice if he's not ready, particularly with a 3-2 series lead.
If the Lighting win the Stanley Cup on Monday night, it'll be their first since the 2003-04 season.