Steven Stamkos and Taylor Hall, of the Tampa Bay Lightning and New Jersey Devils respectively, both suffered injuries to their knees recently. The injury to Stamkos seems to be a lot more serious than the injury to Hall according to NHL.com injury updates for each player.

Steven Stamkos injury changes the NHL season

Stamkos' injury, one that could be season changing for Tampa Bay, is a torn right lateral meniscus with reports that he will be "out indefinitely" (NHL.com November 16th). Steve Yzerman said that the franchise was "in the process of evaluating options for repair and rehabilitation" and it sounds like the recovery time will be very lengthy.

As a point of consideration, Adrian Peterson underwent surgery in September "for a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee" (ESPN/Sept. 22) with what was an unclear timetable at the time for returning. He still has not played since and most think that he shouldn't until December. If we project a three-month recovery for Stamkos then mid-February would be the speculative return date.

The impact on the Lightning could be immense. Following play on Wednesday they sat third in the Atlantic Division, well behind the front-running Montreal Canadiens. The Lightning are +9 on differential, but that is a statistic that would be expected to regress as Stamkos misses games.

In 17 games so far this season he had 20 points with 9 goals factoring into his goal total.

He was third in the NHL in points, something that will certainly change soon as the non-injured scorers rise over top of him. The injury puts a big question mark on Tampa Bay's season and they can no longer be considered the Stanley Cup favorites as they are with Stan James. On the flip side of things, Montreal look like much stronger favorites to win the division now.

Taylor Hall's injury relatively minor

Taylor Hall's injury is not so severe and not so impacting either. NHL.com reported on Wednesday that he will be out for "3-4 weeks after knee surgery" making for a December return date for the center. While Hall is not among the league leaders for points, he is the team leader from that point of view with 12 on the season.

The Devils themselves currently sit in the first Wild Card position. The injury update for Hall comes at a time when the team is playing well as they have won five straight. As such it may stall some momentum.

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