Bishop allowed two goals on 30 shots in the Lightning’s 2-0 loss in Detroit in Game 3. Bishop has allowed two goals in each start so far, so he carries a 2.01 GAA and .939 SV% into Game 4. Bishop has gone 4-2-0 with a 1.35 GAA, .957 SV% and two shutouts in his last six road playoff starts coming into a pivotal Game 4.
Bishop was outstanding in Game 1, stopping 34 of 36 shots in the Lightning’s 3-2 win over the Red Wings. Dating back to Game 1 of last year, Bishop is 7-5 with a 1.85 GAA, .928 SV% and one shutout in 12 starts vs. the Red Wings. Bishop also comes in at 5-1-0 with a 1.85 GAA, .937 SV% and one shutout in his last six starts on home ice.
Callahan missed Thursday’s practice, but took part in the Lightning’s optional morning skate and will be in the lineup on Friday. Callahan failed to record a point in Game 1, but had two shots on goal and four hits.
Bishop comes into the playoffs having won six of his last eight starts and will look to duplicate his performance from the 2015 playoffs. Bishop was 2-2-0 with a 1.77 GAA and .931 SV% in four starts against the Red Wings this season and was 4-3 with a 1.87 GAA, .922 SV% and one shutout in Round 1 last year. Bishop will likely be a Vezina Finalist after posting a great 35-21-4 record.
Johnson (upper-body) will be a game-time decision for Game 1.
Johnson took part in the Lightning’s optional morning skate this morning, but remains a game-time decision for Game 1 vs. the Red Wings. The Lightning vs. Red Wings get underway at 7:00 p.m., so monitor his status when they hit the ice for warmups at 6:30 p.m. Johnson torched the Red Wings last season, scoring six goals with one assist (seven points) in seven games. He finished the playoffs with 23 points (13G / 10A).
Johnson (upper-body) practiced on Tuesday but remains questionable for Game 1.
Johnson centred the Lightning’s top line in Tuesday’s practice and appears to be on track to play in Game 1 vs. the Red Wings. Johnson is expected to take part in Wednesday’s morning skate before he makes a decision whether or not he can play in the series opener.
Callahan missed the Lightning’s final three games of the regular season, but he was on the ice for Monday’s practice and appears to be on track for Game 1. Monitor his status on Tuesday, but all things are pointing towards him playing on Wednesday.
Johnson (upper-body) missed Monday’s practice; remains questionable for Game 1.
Johnson suffered an upper-body injury in the Lightning’s season finale on Saturday and did not return. He was not on the ice for Monday’s practice so the Lightning will wait and see if he is available for Tuesday’s practice.
Kucherov missed the season finale on Saturday, but said he will play on Wednesday despite being sore. Kucherov set career-highs in goals (30) and points (66) in 77 games this season. He scored 10 goals in the playoffs last year, but had no goals and four assists in the seven game series vs. Detroit.
Hedman (upper-body) will return to the Lightning lineup in Game 1.
Hedman missed the final three games of the regular season, but he likely sat out the final game as a precaution. Hedman’s return is huge for a Lightning team that will be without at least Anton Stralman on the blueline and Steven Stamkos up front. Hedman had 10 goals and 37 assists (47 points) in78 games this season and had three assists in the Lightning’s seven-game series vs. the Red Wings last year.