Stralman working on the Lightning’s top power-play unit.
In his first season in Tampa Bay, Stralman averaged 2:28 PP/TOI per game, which was way up from the 0:45 PP/TOI he averaged in three years with New York—the increased playing time resulted in 14 PPP (2G / 12A) after he had just four PPP in the previous three seasons. Stralman is once again working with the first PP-unit to start the 2015-16 season, so it looks like the Lightning plan to use him in the same way as last year. He had a career high 39 points (9G / 30A) a season ago.
On Sunday, the Lightning claimed Kevin Poulin off of waivers from the Islanders.
Poulin, 25, spent the last four years with the Islanders organization after being drafted by them in the fifth round of the 2008 Entry Draft. During that span, Poulin was 18-25-3 with a 3.07 GAA and .899 SV% at the NHL level. Claiming him and cutting Ray Emery likely puts Poulin in as Ben Bishop’s backup to start the season while Andrei Vasilevskiy recovers from a blood clot.
On Monday, Vasilevskiy (blood clot) skated for the first time since vascular surgery.
Vasilevskiy underwent vascular surgery to remove a blood clot near his collarbone on September 3rd, but returned to the ice this afternoon. Vasilevskiy is expected to miss 2-3 months from the date of his surgery, which would put him on target to return in early-November at the earliest. Ray Emery was brought in on a professional tryout to potentially serve as Ben Bishop’s backup while Vasilevskiy is on the shelf.
Vasilevskiy will miss 2-3 months after having surgery last Thursday to remove a blood clot from near his left collarbone.
Vasilevskiy appeared poised to push Ben Bishop for starts right out of the gate, but he will now miss at least the first month of the season. For fantasy owners drafting Bishop, it would be wise to invest in the 21-year-old Vasilevskiy--especially now considering his draft-day value will be much lower.
Paquette (undisclosed) will be a game-time decision for Game 3 on Wednesday.
Paquette exited Game 2 in Montreal early in the second period after suffering an undisclosed injury late in the first. Paquette played just 4:36 of Game 2. He practiced on Tuesday with the rest of his Lightning teammates ahead of Game 3 and didn’t seem limited while participating in all drills. He said the day off Monday was definitely beneficial to help his body recuperate. He will be a game-time decision.
Bishop made 43 saves on 44 shots in the Lightning’s 2-1 win in double overtime in Game 1. He has now won three straight games while posting a 0.89 GAA and 970 SV%. He sits 3-1-0 with a 1.59 GAA and .938 SV% in his first four starts on the road in the playoffs. With a win tonight, the Lightning will head back to Tampa Bay with a 2-0 series lead.
Kucherov is fine after Niklas Kronwall hit; will play in Game 7.
Kucherov returned to the game after the hit and is not feeling any ailments after being levelled by Kronwall. Luckily for the Lightning, they will have Kucherov while the Red Wings will not have Kronwall as a result of the hit.
Bishop allowed two goals on 24 shots in the Lightning’s 5-2 win over the Red Wings in Game 6. He looked shaky in the 3rd period, but Detroit was unable to get one past the 6-foot-7 net minder. He has posted gone 3-3 with a 2.18 GAA and .904 SV% in the series and if he doesn’t win tonight he will be hitting the golf course.
Bishop allowed three goals on 29 shots in the Lightning’s 4-0 loss to the Red Wings in Game 5. The Red Wings stifled Tampa Bay in Game 5 and have the Lightning up against the wall tonight. Bishop has had his fair share of struggles in the series—he ranks 11th in GAA (2.21) and 17th in SV% (.901) though five games.
Bishop surrendered two goals on 20 shots in the Lightning’s 3-0 loss in Detroit in Game 3. The Lightning are trailing 2-1 in the series after Bishop has posted a 2.03 GAA and .897 SV% in the first three contests. He will need to better tonight for the Lightning to avoid going down 3-1 in the series.