Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop (30) passes the puck against the Montreal Canadiens at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Griffith-USA TODAY Sports

Ben Bishop Back on the Ice, but Not Ready for Game 1

There is both good news and bad news coming out of Tampa Bay today. The good news is that Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop was back out on the ice this morning along with the Lightning medical staff. Unfortunately, while he is back out on the ice doing drills, he is not quite ready to rejoin the Lightning lineup.

Tonight, as the Lightning takes the ice at the Tampa Bay Times Forum to take on the Montreal Canadiens in Game 1 of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, it will be goaltender Anders Lindback in the net for the Bolts.

The good news is that this is not necessarily a bad thing.

The news was first announced on Twitter this morning by Lightning Beat Reporter Missy Zielinski.

 


While I am sure that there is not a single fan in the Bolts Nation that doesn’t wish that Bishop was healthy and ready to go, there has been a renewed confidence in the Lightning’s backup goaltending.

Since taking over for Bishop in the early moments of the encounter against the Toronto Maple Leafs on April 8th, he has posted two shutout wins, allowing only two goals in the third game he played in for a Save Percentage of .944.

In addition to Lindback, we have netminder Kristers Gudlevskis. In addition to his spectacular performance in net for Latvia during the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, he posted a win in his NHL debut, holding the Columbus Blue Jackets to only 2 goals, giving him a Save Percentage of .947.

If the rest of the Bolts can continue to play as well in front of the net, then the Montreal Canadiens are going to be in for one heck of a fight.

At this point, Bishop’s status remains unknown; however, we will keep you up to date should the situation change. The good news is, the fact that he is back on the ice is a step in the right direction. Until then, bring on the Canadiens.

What do you think of the Lightning’s situation in net? What do you think the Bolts will need to do in order to keep their momentum running in tonight’s game? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

 

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