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Steven Stamkos remains out for Lightning

Tampa Bay center won't play against Stars on Sunday @NHLdotcom

Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos will not play against the Dallas Stars at Amalie Arena on Sunday (6 p.m. ET; SUN, FS-SW+, NHL.TV), coach Jon Cooper said.

Though Stamkos participated in an optional morning skate, he will miss his 61st consecutive game because of a knee injury.

The Lightning (38-29-10) are five points behind the Ottawa Senators for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference with five games remaining.

The Lightning's four-game winning streak ended with a 2-1 overtime loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday but they're 8-3-1 in their past 12 games.

Stamkos had arthroscopic surgery on Nov. 17 to repair a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee. The Lightning captain had 20 points (nine goals, 11 assists) in 17 games before the injury.

Center Tyler Johnson, who hasn't played since sustaining a lower-body injury on March 9, also skated but Cooper said his avialability is up in the air.

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