TAMPA -- Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos could be out four to six months following surgery for a torn meniscus in his right knee, TSN reported Thursday.
According to our news partners at the Tampa Bay Times, Stamkos is still listed as out indefinitely but the timetable for his return will be decided after he undergoes surgery in Colorado.
The Lightning's leading scorer suffered the tear Tuesday night against the Detroit Red Wings.
Stamkos' latest injury harkens back to two out of the previous three seasons where he has missed significant ice time: a broken right leg after crashing into the goal in 2013 and blood clots during the Lightning's playoff run last season.
The Lightning has learned to carry on without their star player despite Stamkos' setbacks due to roster depth and the emergence of Jonathan Drouin, who is expected back soon from an upper-body injury, according to the Times.