Bishop (arm) did some light on-ice workouts in full pads on Thursday morning.
Bishop still is not facing shot in practice, but he was in goal while coaches threw pucks on goal. Bishop does not appear very close to returning to the Lightning crease. Consider him very doubtful for game 2.
With Ben Bishop still out with an arm injury, Lindback will get the call in game 1 vs. the Habs. He struggled all season long, but after Bishop got hurt he won all three outings while stopping 77 of 79 shots (.975 SV%). He has played well, but this definitely favours the Habs as they have Olympic Gold medalist Carey Price between the pipes.
Bishop (arm) will not play in Game 1 on Wednesday.
Bishop missed the final three games of the regular season after suffering an arm injury last Tuesday vs. the Maple Leafs. This is a huge blow for the Lightning, and Bishop must be extremely disappointed after he won 37 games with a 2.23 GAA and .924 SV% this season. This leaves Anders Lindback to get the nod vs. Montreal.
Lindback allowed two goals on 36 shots in a win over the Flyers on Thursday. With Ben Bishop out, Lindback will start the season finale. He was great against Philly, giving his coaches and teammates confidence that he can play well for them in the playoffs if he is called upon.
Kunyk, 23, was signed a couple weeks ago. He has 22 goals and 21 assists in 37 games with the University of Alaska-Fairbanks this year. He will slide in for Ondrej Palat who is out with a lower-body injury.
Hedman (lower-body) is a game-time decision this afternoon.
Hedman was injured on Friday but may not miss any time and play this afternoon in Washington. Hedman has one goal and seven assists in his last six games and 55 points (13G / 42A) in 74 games this season.
Palat has played all 81 games this season, but will miss the season finale today vs. Washington. Palat suffered the upper-body injury on Friday in Columbus. Palat scored his 23rd goal of the season before getting hurt. Consider him day-to-day.
Hedman suffered a lower-body injury in the first period on Friday and did not return.
Hedman only played 1:42 before retiring to the dressing room for the evening. He has been great on the Lightning blueline this season, so if his injury is serious that would really hurt Tampa Bay in the first round of the playoffs. Consider him day-to-day until we know more.
Malone was arrested Saturday morning on charges of driving under the influence and cocaine possession.
"We are aware of the situation concerning Ryan Malone this morning," general manager Steve Yzerman said in a statement. "Ryan will not travel with the team to Washington today, but beyond that we cannot comment further at this time." According to a Hillsborough County Sheriff's report, Malone, 34, was arrested at 5:40 Saturday morning, but there were no other immediate details. Malone was being held on $2,500 bond. It has been a difficult season for Malone, who has just five goals, 15 points in 57 games, has been demoted to a fourth line and has been a healthy scratch in the past three games.
Gudlevskis leads the Lightning onto the ice for warmups; he starts.
Gudlevskis will make his NHL debut tonight vs. the Blue Jackets. He has gone 18-11-4 with a 2.68 GAA and .901 SV% with Syracuse this season. The 21 year-old was spectacular in the Olympics and has the look of another Lightning goaltender with a bright future.
The Lightning have recalled Cedric Paquette from Syracuse (AHL).
Paquette, 20, could make his NHL debut tonight vs.the Blue Jackets. He was selected in the fourth round (101 overall) in 2012. The 6-foot-1, 206 pound centre has 20 goals and 24 assists (44 points) in 70 games with Syracuse this season.
Salo said he felt good after skating this morning, but will miss a second straight game with an upper-body injury. Mike Kostka will stay in the lineup with Salo still sidelined. Consider him day-to-day, he will be ready for the playoffs by the sounds of things.