Tampa Bay could start Vasilevskiy in goal on Saturday as they conclude a six-game home stand against the Minnesota Wild. The 21-year-old Russian is 3-4-0 in eight games with the Lightning this season.
The Tampa Bay Lightning could turn to Andrei Vasilevskiy as they conclude a six-game home stand against the Minnesota Wild on Saturday.
Vasilevskiy was recalled from the American Hockey League’s Syracuse Crunch on Friday where he is 6-3-1 to go along with a .932 save percentage and a 2.03 G.A.A. in 10 games.
In a corresponding move, Bolts reassigned Kristers Gudlevskis to the Crunch. Gudlevskis’ lone NHL appearance this season came in Tampa’s 1-0 overtime loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Oct. 24.
Vasilevskiy could get the start Saturday as Ben Bishop left Friday’s practice with an undisclosed injury.
According to Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Bay Tribune, Bishop left the Bolts’ practice after about 10 minutes and did not return.
“I don’t think it’s anything serious,” Cooper said following practice. “I think he’ll be available (for Saturday).”
Bishop is 15-12-0 in 31 games this season posting a .925 save percentage and a 2.06 G.A.A. The 29-year-old made 21 saves in Tampa’s 5-2 loss to the New York Rangers on Wednesday.
Vasilevskiy, who is 3-4-0 in eight games with the Lightning this season, last started for Tampa Bay on Dec. 15 in Toronto.
The Bolts are 2-2-1 on their current home stand and lost their only other meeting against the Wild 1-0 on Nov. 7.