Nabokov stopped 21 of 22 shots in a win over the Flames on Tuesday. He has stopped 44 of 47 shots (.936 SV%) in his two starts this season. With two back-to-backs in the same week, this will likely be the only time he will start two games in a week. He draws a tough matchup vs. the Wild.
The Lightning have recalled Jonathan Marchessault from Syracuse (AHL).
Marchessault, 23, had a hot start with Syracuse, scoring two goals with four assists (6 points) in the first five games. He has two games of NHL experience (with CBJ) but is expected to make his Lightning debut tonight with Ryan Callahan, Alex Killorn, JT Brown and Brett Connolly all sidelined with injuries.
Connolly (lower-body) is not expected to play on Saturday.
Connolly suffered the lower-body injury early in Friday's game and he did not return. With Connolly unlikely to play, the Lightning will have to recall another forward from Syracuse before Saturday's meeting with the Wild.
Brown (upper-body)is not expected to play on Saturday.
Brown suffered an upper-body injury in the first period of Friday's game and did not return. With Brown unlikely to play, the Lightning will have to recall another forward from Syracuse before Saturday's meeting with the Wild.
Gudas missed the last four games with a lower-body injury he suffered on October 13. With Luke Witkowski going back to the AHL it is a guarantee that Gudas will be back in the lineup on Friday. He will skate on the second pair with Jason Garrison.
No surprise, Bishop starts in net for the Lightning.
Bishop allowed three goals on 23 shots in a 3-2 loss to the Oilers on Monday. He took a seat in the second game of the back-to-back, but will be back in the crease tonight in Winnipeg. Bishop is 3-1-1 with a 1.97 GAA and .921 SV%. He is a must-start tonight.
The Lightning have reassigned Luke Witkowski to Syracuse (AHL).
Witkowski, 24, was recalled but never appeared in a game for the Lightning. His return to the AHL means that Radko Gudas will be good to go for Friday. He had one assist in four games with Syracuse before being called up.
Killorn (undisclosed) is unlikely to play on Friday.
Killorn practiced with the team this afternoon, but is still a little bit away from returning to the lineup. The Lightning have a back-to-back on Friday and Saturday, so if he isn't available for tomorrow, there is a good chance he won't be ready for Saturday either.