Brewer (lower-body) is expected to return to the Lightning blueline tonight.
Brewer missed the last two games, but should return tonight. It is perfect timing for the Lightning who just lost Victor Hedman and Keith Aulie in their last outing. The one-time Olympian has a career-high of 29 points and only has five assists in 26 games this season, so he is not a legit fantasy asset.
Gudas (upper-body) is expected to return tonight vs. the Jets.
Gudas is a rugged defenseman posting 88 hits and 68 PIMs in 23 games. He has added a small amount of offense as well with six points (1G / 5A), but is not a great option in leagues without hits and PIMs.
Lightning head coach Jon Cooper says Anders Lindback will start in goal
Lindback allowed two goals on 21 shots in a win over the Flyers on November 27. It was just his second win in six starts but moved his GAA and SV% to a slightly more respectable 3.26 and .876. He will get the call tonight against the Jets.
Lindback allowed two goals on 21 shots in a win over the Flyers on November 27. It was just his second win in six starts but moved his GAA and SV% to a slightly more respectable 3.26 and .876. It looks like he will get the call tonight against the Jets.
Aulie missed the final 7:14 of the second period and did not come out for the third period after suffering what is believed to be a hand injury, though the team reported it as an upper body injury.
That adds to a list that already includes defensemen Radko Gudas (upper body) and Eric Brewer (lower body) as well as Brian Lee, who has missed the entire season with a knee injury. Victor Hedman also left Thursday's game with a lower-body injury. Consider Aulie day-to-day, regardless he is not fantasy relevant when healthy.
Hedman suffered an unspecified lower body injury at some point during the first period and did not come back out for the second.
Thankfully the Lightning had seven defensemen dressed, because they also lost Keith Aulie on Thursday. It is and unfortunate injury for Hedman who had caught fire as of late posting four goals and four assists in his last nine games coming into Thursday. He is considered day-to-day and questionable for Saturday's game vs. Winnipeg.
No surprise that Ben Bishop will get the start in net
Bishop allowed one goal on 21 shots, but still walked away with the loss on Tuesday. The Lightning couldn't beat a combination of Sergei Bobrovsky and Curtis McElhinney. Despite only walking away with one win in his last four starts, Bishop has been fantastic, posting a 0.99 GAA and .969 SV%.
Bishop allowed two goals on 28 shots in a loss to the Penguins on Friday. He will be back in the cage tonight in search of his 15th win of the season. He has been great all year posting a 2.08 GAA and .931 SV% and draws a good matchup tonight @ Columbus.
Bishop left practice on Tuesday with an apparent hand injury, but he will be between the pipes today. The injury was obviously nothing serious as he faces the Penguins tonight. It is a very difficult matchup, but Bishop has stopped 78 of the last 79 shots he's faced in his last two starts.
The Lightning seemed to dodge a bullet Wednesday as G Ben Bishop left the morning skate with a yelp of pain after taking a puck off his right hand near his thumb.
Excellent news for the Lightning and Bishop owners as it looks like he'll be able to make his next start. Bishop has a sparkling 14-3-1 record and is finally providing the Lightning with reliable goaltending.
Aulie (upper-body) will return to the Lightning blueline tonight.
Aulie was injured in the same game as Steven Stamkos, but will return tonight after seven game absence. Aulie is expected to dress as the team's seventh defenseman. He has yet to record a point in three games.
Tom Pyatt (collarbone) said he expects to be cleared to play by Tuesday's game at Columbus.
Pyatt was injured in the season opener and says he feels like I can play right now, but has not been cleared medically at this time. He has 47 points in 219 career games, so he is not a realistic fantasy consideration.