Coming off of a three-game win streak after the 7-2 defeat of the in-state rival Florida Panthers on Thursday night, Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop woke up in the morning and just didn’t feel 100%.
As a result, Lightning Head Coach Jon Cooper was forced to make an adjustment.
Lightning draft pick Kristers Gudlevskis was recalled from the Bolts’ ECHL affiliate Florida Everblades to play with the team yesterday. Tonight, he will head to New York to play with the Lightning’s AHL affiliate Syracuse Crunch.
In exchange, the Lightning will be getting goaltender Cedrick Desjardins. Last season with the Crunch, Desjardins had a Goals Allowed Average of 2.61 with a Save Percentage of .910. During the post season, he went 13-5 with a GAA of 2.30 and a Save Percentage of .908.
More than likely, it will be Lighting goaltender Anders Lindback who will take the net for the Bolts tonight with Desjardins serving as back up.
Lightning head coach Jon Cooper has said that Bishop’s injury was not necessarily the catalyst for Lindback’s participation in tonight’s game.
“We were going to rotate our goalies at some point anyways,” Cooper said. “Just because there’s some wear and tear on Bishop, doesn’t mean that Lindy wasn’t going in no matter what.” ~ Tampa Bay Lightning
No matter which of our goaltenders defends the crease tonight, if we can continue to work together as a team and continue to get legitimate shots on the net, then we should have no problems coming out on top.
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