Bishop surrendered four goals on 20 shots in a 5-2 loss to the Maple Leafs on Thursday. It was the first time this season that Bishop has allowed more than three goals, marking his worst outing of the season. Look for him to bounce-back at home where he is 7-1-1 with a 2.20 GAA and .923 SV% this season.
Connolly (leg) returns to the Lightning lineup on Thursday.
Connolly will be back in the lineup after missing three weeks with a leg injury suffered October 24 in Winnipeg. For Connolly, who was playing top-six minutes at the time of the injury but will be eased back into the lineup on the fourth line.
Hedman did some shooting today for the first time since breaking his hand. He is still wearing a splint under his glove, but he is now just one to two weeks away from returning to the Lightning blue line.
Bishop stopped 15 of 16 shots in a win over the Rangers on Monday. It was an easy night for Bishop, who is tied for third in the NHL with 11 wins. He is also 14th in GAA (2.26) and 16th in SV% (.919). He is an excellent fantasy option every time he gets the call, especially vs. a struggling Leafs team.
Paquette has played well during his most recent recall haven scored five goals in his last seven games, but was injured in the first period of Tuesday’s loss to the Islanders. Brett Connolly is nearing a return so Paquette was already likely heading back to the AHL.
Nabokov will get the start against his former team after Ben Bishop got the win over the Rangers on Monday. It will be Nabby’s first start since November 8th, when he allowed four goals on 32 shots in a win over the Blue Jacket.s
Bishop allowed two goals on 39 shots in a shootout loss to the Blackhawks on Tuesday. The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for Bishop, who draws a rough matchup tonight vs. the Sharks. Regardless of the matchup, Bishop is one of fantasy's top netminders and you only sit him when you have other no-brainer matchups.