Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos said Friday that his goal is to be ready for the postseason opener.

"Everything seems to be trending in that direction," he said, according to NHL.com's Caley Chelios.

Stamkos has been out of the lineup since April 8 due to a lower-body injury. The team was initially optimistic he'd return when he was eligible to come off long-term injured reserve last week.