Tampa Bay Lightning G Ben Bishop Out 3-4 Weeks With Lower-Body Injury

Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop will be out 3-4 weeks with a Lower-Body Injury sustained on Tuesday night against the Detroit Red Wings.

The Tampa Bay Lightning can’t seem to win for losing this season when it comes to injuries. Almost every single time the Lightning get one of their key players back in the lineup, another player makes their way to the injured list. Unfortunately, last night’s encounter with the Detroit Red Wings was no different.

Before the puck dropped to start last night’s encounter with the Detroit Red Wings, it was announced Lightning forward Cedric Paquette would be making his way back into the Lightning lineup. This was definitely good news for the Lightning. That is until the law of equivalent exchange came into play.

For those Lightning fans who don’t watch Fullmetal Alchemist, equivalent exchange basically means for everything given, something must be taken. In other words, it refers to the balance of the universe. By this logic, a player had to be taken out of the picture. Regrettably, this is exactly what happened.

Early in the first period, Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop extended his right leg to make a save. No sooner than he made the save, Bishop crumbled face-first onto the ice in an obviously great amount of pain. As the play continued on the other side of the ice, Bishop remained down on the ice.

Eventually, Bishop would be able to make his way to his feet and off the ice under his own volition, but he was not to be seen for the remainder of the evening. As one could easily imagine, Lightning netminder Andrei Vasilevskiy would take his place between the pipes and continue on to defeat the Red Wings.

Unfortunately, the news this evening is definitely not the news Tampa Bay Lightning fans were hoping for. The Lightning announced this evening that Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop will miss 3-4 weeks with a Lower-Body Injury.

While the team was not specific as to the particular nature of his injury, one would have to wonder if Bishop’s current injury has anything to do with the torn groin Ben Bishop suffered in the Stanley Cup Finals back in the 2014-15 season.

If Bishop’s recovery travels down the best possible road, the earliest we could see Big Ben back between the pipes would be on Thursday, January 12th when the Lightning take on the Buffalo Sabres at the Amalie Arena here in Tampa Bay. It would definitely be nice to get Bishop back at home, but this is only under the best possible circumstances.

At this point, a call-up from the Syracuse Crunch is imminent. The only question is will it be Kristers Gudlevskis or Adam Wilcox who gets the call? Only time will tell how this story is going to play out. For now, we here at Bolts By The Bay would like to wish Ben Bishop a speedy, and full, recovery.

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