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.
Bishop stopped 23 of 24 shots in the Lightning’s 5-1 win over the Red Wings in game 2. It was much better outing than Game 1, but now the series shifts to Detroit and Bishop had a tough time on the road this season—he was 13-7-4 with a 2.53 GAA and .904 SV% in games not played in Tampa Bay.
Bishop had an NHL playoff debut to forget. Despite the Lightning man-handling the Red Wings in game 1, Bishop surrendered three goals on 14 shots, including a leaky, shorthanded, game-winning goal to Luke Glendening. Bishop will look to be better this afternoon as the Lightning try to avoid going down 2-0 heading back to Detroit.
Drouin is expected to be a healthy scratch in Game 1.
It looks like Drouin will take a seat in game 1 as Vladimir Namestnikov gets set to suit up in his first career playoff game. Monitor Drouin’s status as the playoffs progress. The young forward is too goo to be held out of the lineup permanently.
Sustr missed the last six games of the regular season, but will be available for game 1 versus Detroit. Sustr, who is a giant at 6-foot-8, will be paired with Victor Hedman, who stands in at 6-foot-6. The two towers will likely play a ton of minutes against Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg. Sustr had no goals, but 13 assists in 72 games with the Lightning this season.