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STAMKOS, HINTZ WON'T PLAY IN GAME FIVE

Key players will be missing for both the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Dallas Stars Saturday night as the teams square off in game five of the Stanley Cup final. Lightning captain Steven Stamkos has been deemed unfit to play, as well as Stars forward Roope Hintz.

Stamkos has suited up for just one game in the series so far, playing less than three minutes in total, although he did score a goal. He's been recovering from core muscle surgery he had back in March of this year. Hintz, who has been having an excellent playoffs, left game four after after getting tangled up with Tyler Johnson and going into the boards hard. Take a look:


Hintz, 23, has two goals and 13 points in 25 games in the playoffs so far. Before this year, he had just 13 games of playoff experience. 29-year-old Justin Dowling, who has yet to play this post-season, will take Hintz's spot. Besides Hintz, Dallas will also be without Blake Comeau, Radek Faksa, Stephen Johns and Ben Bishop.

Game five is do or die for Dallas. If they win, they get to play another day. Lose and they'll have to watch Tampa Bay lift the cup.


TIM TUCKER
SEPTEMBER 26, 2020  (15H40)