Stamkos is skating with the team and Cooper has said they're hopeful he'll be ready to play by the time the first round of the playoffs begins next week. Despite the missed games this season, Stamkos was second on the Lightning in goals (29) and points (66).
The Lightning beat the Capitals 3-2 in a shootout in their first round-robin game on Monday, while the Bruins are 0-1 going in after a 4-1 loss to the Flyers on Sunday.
A loss Wednesday would eliminate the Bruins from contention for the No. 1 seed that they had held pretty much all season, including at the time of the pause. Puck drop is set for 4 p.m. ET.