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Steven Stamkos in lineup for Lightning in Game 3 of Stanley Cup Final

The captain of the Bolts hasn’t stepped on the ice since February 25th, but re-joins his team just three games from potentially hoisting Lord Stanley.

Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the first period at Amalie Arena on February 25, 2020 in Tampa, Florida. Photo by Scott Audette /NHLI via Getty Images

UPDATE 7:37 p.m.: Stamkos will play.

The Tampa Bay Lightning announced the biggest roster move of the 2020 NHL Playoffs when Steven Stamkos was announced on the list of 18 skaters for the Bolts for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Dallas Stars Wednesday night. The report is from Pierre McGuire, NBC Sports sideline reporter.

Stamkos is of the deadliest power play snipers in hockey, and the two-time Rocket Richard Trophy winner as the league’s leading scorer has 422 career goals, of which 155 have come with the man advantage.

The captain has played all 12 of his NHL seasons with the Lightning, and was given the C by the club in 2015. He’s been missing since February 25th due to surgery on a core muscle, then an additional “lower-body” injury the details of which have been murky. We’ll see how he plays on the ice after such a long layoff, but he’ll likely provide a huge emotional lift to his teammates at minimum.

Before the announcement, the Lightning were -157 favorites to win Game 3, with Dallas the underdog at +135. The puck line has Tampa Bay at -1.5 +170, and Dallas at +1.5 with -205 odds.

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