Bishop surrendered four goals on 16 shots in the Lightning’s loss to the Avalanche last Thursday. Andrei Vasilevskiy started on Saturday, so they’ll go back to Bishop tonight in Toronto. The mammoth of a netminder has struggled in the early-going, allowing a combined 11 goals on 79 shots (.861 SV%). Things won’t get any easier tonight against a Maple Leafs team that ranks fourth in the NHL with 3.60 goals per game.
Vasilevskiy allowed two goals on 34 shots in the Lightning’s win over the Devils last Saturday. Ben Bishop started the last two games, but it will be Vasilevskiy tonight in Ottawa. He is one of the best backups in the NHL and has a powerful offence in front of him, making him a legit spot-start option whenever he gets the nod.
Bishop allowed three goals on 31 shots in the Lightning’s win over the Panthers on Tuesday. Bishop has won each of his first two starts of the year despite allowing seven goals on 63 shots (.889 SV%). Tonight he draws a solid matchup against an Avalanche team that came flying out of the gate but were shutout by Philipp Grubauer on Tuesday.
Bishop surrendered four goals on 32 shots in the Lightning’s win over the Red Wings last Thursday. Andrei Vasilevskiy started the second game of the year, but they’ll go back to Bishop tonight vs. the Panthers. The first start of the year wasn’t a banner night for Bishop who will look to improve tonight. He was 1-1-1 with a 3.27 GAA and .888 SV% in three starts vs. Florida last year.
Despite Ben Bishop practicing in the "starter's crease" this morning, head coach Jon Cooper said Vasilevskiy will start tonight vs. the Devils.Bishop had a rough night vs. the Red Wings on Thursday, so they will turn to Vasilevskiy, who draws a great matchup tonight vs. the Devils. Vasilevskiy comes in with an 18-15-1 record while posting a 2.60 GAA and .913 SV% in 40 career NHL games.
Bishop is in the starter's crease at the Lightning's morning skate.
Bishop surrendered four goals on 32 shots in the Lightning’s 6-4 win over the Red Wings on Thursday. Bishop wasn’t at his best on Thursday, but did enough to earn his first win of the season. One of the goals was a bizarre dump-in that took a weird bounce off of the glass on-net and subsequently by Bishop. The Lightning netminder will have better nights and Saturday might be one of those nights with the Devils in town.
The Lightning are expected to give Vasilevskiy about 30 starts this season.
Ben Bishop has started 60-plus games in three consecutive seasons, but the Lightning would like that number to be closer to 50 this season, with Vasilevskiy getting around 30 games. Vasilevskiy is 18-15-1 with a 2.60 GAA and .913 SV% in his brief NHL career and is one of the best backup options in the NHL.
Bishop will start the Lightning's season opener vs. Detroit.
Bishop has been one of the safest fantasy netminders in the NHL over the last three years. Last season he won 35 games and his 112 wins over the last three seasons is tied with Braden Holtby for first in the NHL. Andrei Vasilevskiy will eat into his starts this year, but he will still start around 50 games, including tonight’s game vs. the Red Wings. Bishop has enjoyed a tonne of success vs. Detroit, especially in the playoffs, making him a solid start tonight.
The Lightning have signed Nikita Kucherov to a three-year deal worth $14.2998M ($4.7666M AAV).
Kucherov burst onto the fantasy scene as a member of “The Triplets” line, only to improve on his numbers in 2015-16. Kucherov is coming off of 66 points (30G / 36A) in 77 games and has the potential to be a 70-plus point player who makes under $5 million per year. That’s unheard of.
Callahan (hip) skated with a no-contact jersey on Monday.
Callahan continues to work his way back after offseason hip surgery and his return to the ice on Monday keeps him on pace for a mid-November return. With Callahan missing the first month of the season, it looks like Brayden Point will get a shot to start the year in Tampa Bay.
Condra had 11 points (6G / 5A) in 54 games in his first year with the Lightning, but finds himself on waivers, where he will likely clear and head to the AHL. If Condra is picked up by another team, he will be limited to a fourth line role.
Callahan underwent offseason hip surgery and is expected to miss all of October. With Callahan out, expect Cedric Paquette to play a more significant role and for Erik Condra to see regular playing time on the fourth line.
The Lightning re-signed Vladislav Namestnikov to a two-year deal worth$3.875 million ($1.9375M AAV).
Namestnikov, 23, appeared in 80 games in his first full NHL season, collecting a total of 14 goals and 21 assists (35 points). The 2011 27th overall pick has collected 51 career points (23G / 28A) in 127 NHL games and enters 2016-17 as a third line option for the Lightning.
The Lightning signed Alex Killorn to a seven-year deal worth $31.15 million ($4.45M AAV) on Sunday.
Killorn, 26, had 40 points (14G / 26A) in 81 games last season. He has been a very consistent point producer in the lat three years, finishing with 41, 38 and 40 points each season. Those number are certainly serviceable for the Lightning, but aren’t quite good enough to land him firmly on the fantasy radar.