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Steven Stamkos to have surgery for blood clot, playoffs in question

Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos will miss 1-to-3 months with a blood clot in his right arm, and is scheduled to have surgery on Monday to repair it.

Lightning forward out 1-3 months

Lightning forward Steven Stamkos could return to game action this season should his team have a long playoff run. He will be re-evaluated in two weeks after having surgery Monday to treat a blood clot near his right collarbone. Stamkos has 36 goals and 64 points in 77 games. Tampa can clinch a playoff berth with a win over the New York Islanders on Monday night. (Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press)

Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos will miss 1-to-3 months with a blood clot in his right arm, and is scheduled to have surgery on Monday to repair it.

Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman announced after Tampa beat New Jersey 3-1 on Saturday night that Stamkos has a type of vascular thoracic syndrome near his right collarbone.

"After Thursday's game [against Montreal], Stammer went in to see the doctors," Yzerman said.

"He had some discomfort in his arm, some swelling, some tingling in his fingers. Yesterday morning, we had it assessed by doctors locally and it's determined he has a blood clot in his arm."

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Yzerman said it will be a couple of weeks before it is known if Stamkos' absence will be closer to one month or three. He added, however, that a full recovery is expected.

Stamkos has 36 goals and 64 points in 77 games.

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