Once again, it is both good news and bad news. First, we’ll discuss the bad news.
The Tampa Bay Lightning organization revealed today that the Upper Body Injury that Bishop sustained in the early minutes of the game against the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday, January 5th was actually a sprained right wrist. Bishop was not on the ice for this morning’s skate.
As a result, Bishop will not be available for tonight’s game against the Washington Capitals at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. He will also be unavailable for most of the Lightning’s next road trip. According to plan, he will also miss Saturday’s game on the road against the Philadelphia Flyers and Monday’s game, also on the road, against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Now, here is the good news.
According to the same report, Bishop should be available to return to the lineup from Injured Reserve on the last game of the road trip, Tuesday, January 14th against the New York Rangers.
Serving as backup for Lindback during this stretch will be goaltender Cedrick Desjardins. Most of you know that Cedrick was recently recalled from our American Hockey League affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch.