Bishop allowed two goals on 25 shots in the Lightning’s overtime win over the Flyers on Thursday. Bishop stopped two penalty shots, including one in the overtime frame to preserve the victory. It was a great start to the season for the Lightning netminder, who makes for a great start and DFS play this afternoon when he takes on the Sabres.
Bishop will start the Lightning’s season opener vs. Philadelphia.
Bishop comes into 2015-16 after a career-year where he won 40 games with a 2.32 GAA and .916 SV%. Bishop also enjoyed a strong preseason where he won all three starts with a 1.60 GAA and .948 SV%. Despite those strong numbers, Bishop didn’t have an easy time against the Flyers, allowing six goals on just 39 shots.
Paquette (foot) not taking part in line rushes this morning; appears to be out vs. Philadelphia.
Paquette has been battling a foot injury since he blocked a shot in September’s 26th preseason game. Not taking part in line rushes this morning suggests he will not play tonight vs. the Flyers. With Paquette out, J.T Brown should enter the lineup.
Johnson (undisclosed) returned to practice on Tuesday.
Johnson has been banged up and missed Monday’s practice, but was back on the ice this morning. Johnson should be good to go when the Lightning open the season on Thursday. He will look to build off of a fantastic 2014-15 season.
The Lightning have assigned Kristers Gudlevskis to Syracuse (AHL).
Gudlevskis appeared to have the inside track to be Ben Bishop’s backup to start the season after Andrei Vasilevskiy got injured. However, after the Lightning claimed Kevin Poulin off of waivers, it became clear Gudlevskis was heading back to the AHL. He had a 3.33 GAA and .884 SV% in two preseason games.
Paquette (foot) practiced on Monday; expected to be ready for the season opener.
Paquette has been dealing with a left foot injury throughout the preseason and Monday was the first time that he practiced in a week. Despite his absence over the last seven days, Paquette is expected to be ready for the Lightning’s opener on Thursday.
Killorn left a couple of shifts into the third period of Saturday’s preseason finale. His injury is not believed to be serious, but his day-to-day tag puts his status for the season opener in question.
Johnson was injured in Saturday’s preseason finale. He played just two shifts in the second period before exiting the game with an undisclosed injury. Johnson’s injury is not considered serious and he could be ready for the season opener.
Stralman working on the Lightning’s top power-play unit.
In his first season in Tampa Bay, Stralman averaged 2:28 PP/TOI per game, which was way up from the 0:45 PP/TOI he averaged in three years with New York—the increased playing time resulted in 14 PPP (2G / 12A) after he had just four PPP in the previous three seasons. Stralman is once again working with the first PP-unit to start the 2015-16 season, so it looks like the Lightning plan to use him in the same way as last year. He had a career high 39 points (9G / 30A) a season ago.
On Sunday, the Lightning claimed Kevin Poulin off of waivers from the Islanders.
Poulin, 25, spent the last four years with the Islanders organization after being drafted by them in the fifth round of the 2008 Entry Draft. During that span, Poulin was 18-25-3 with a 3.07 GAA and .899 SV% at the NHL level. Claiming him and cutting Ray Emery likely puts Poulin in as Ben Bishop’s backup to start the season while Andrei Vasilevskiy recovers from a blood clot.
On Monday, Vasilevskiy (blood clot) skated for the first time since vascular surgery.
Vasilevskiy underwent vascular surgery to remove a blood clot near his collarbone on September 3rd, but returned to the ice this afternoon. Vasilevskiy is expected to miss 2-3 months from the date of his surgery, which would put him on target to return in early-November at the earliest. Ray Emery was brought in on a professional tryout to potentially serve as Ben Bishop’s backup while Vasilevskiy is on the shelf.
Vasilevskiy will miss 2-3 months after having surgery last Thursday to remove a blood clot from near his left collarbone.
Vasilevskiy appeared poised to push Ben Bishop for starts right out of the gate, but he will now miss at least the first month of the season. For fantasy owners drafting Bishop, it would be wise to invest in the 21-year-old Vasilevskiy--especially now considering his draft-day value will be much lower.