The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled Kristers Gudlevskis from the Syracuse Crunch after losing goaltender Ben Bishop to a Lower-Body Injury on Tuesday night.
If there were an award in the National Hockey League for the team who has been forced to overcome the most injuries in a single season, the Tampa Bay Lightning would undoubtedly be the winner of said award. Right now, the Lightning has a total of five players on the Injured List. The most recent addition came last night.
Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop extended his right leg in the hopes of making a save early in the first period last night against the Detroit Red Wings. While Bishop did, in fact, make the save he was hoping for. Unfortunately, it came at quite a cost.
Right after making the save, Ben Bishop crumbled to the ice in what was obviously a great deal of pain. As the play continued on the other side of the ice, Bishop remained face down on the ice in front of the net. While Bishop was able to make it off the ice under his own power, it was clear there was something very wrong.
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Needless to say, this would be the last time Lightning fans would see Bishop that night. Taking Bishop’s place between the pipes was Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy.
Earlier today, the Tampa Bay Lightning and their fans received news were pretty sure neither side wanted to hear. The Lightning announced earlier this evening that Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop would be forced to miss at least 3-4 weeks with a Lower-Body Injury.
Providing Bishop’s recovery goes the best it possibly can, the six foot seven inch tall Lightning netminder would be eligible to return on Thursday, January 12th when the Lightning take on the Buffalo Sabres at the Amalie Arena here in Tampa Bay.
Obviously, this means the Lightning will have to find someone to back up Andrei Vasilevskiy as he takes the reins while Bishop recovers from his injuries. Tampa Bay Lightning Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced earlier this evening the team has recalled Kristers Gudlevskis from the Syracuse Crunch.
Gudlevskis has yet to play a game in the NHL so far this season. At the same time, he has played in 14 games with the Syracuse Crunch this season. In that amount of time Gudlevskis has maintained a 5-4-2 record along with a Goals Against Average of 2.89 and a Save Percentage of .884.
Depending on how things play out, there is a possibility Gudlevskis may not get any ice time on his latest venture to the Bolts Nation. Of course, given the propensity Lightning players have for getting injured, anything could happen at this point.
In fact, let’s just cross our fingers and hope the only reason he Gudlevskis plays is when/if Lightning Head Coach Jon Cooper deems it necessary and not due to yet another Lightning injury.
The Tampa Bay Lightning will finish off their short, two-game homestand tomorrow night when they take on the St. Louis Blues. After that, the Bolts will be headed to the Verizon Center where they’ll hopefully continue their winning ways as they take on Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals.
The Lightning have been faced with this same kind of adversity before, and when all was said and done, the Tampa Bay Lightning found a way to overcome. Hopefully, this season won’t be any different.