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How close are Steven Stamkos, Anton Stralman to returning?

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The Tampa Bay Lightning may soon be whole again.

Team captain Steven Stamkos practiced with the team Tuesday, just 22 days after having surgery, leading to hopes that he might be back sometime in the team’s series with the New York Islanders, which begins Wednesday night in Tampa.

Originally, Stamkos was supposed to be out 1-3 months. His surgery to remove a blood clot near his right collarbone was performed on April 4.

On Monday, head coach Jon Cooper predicted that defenseman Anton Stralman would make an appearance sometime during the series.

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