The Tampa Bay Lightning have been bitten hard by the injury bug this season, and many players from the Syracuse Crunch have been called upon to help the Bolts on their way.
If one were to say the Tampa Bay Lightning has been bitten by the injury bug this season, they may, in fact, be making one of the biggest understatements of the century. The Lightning can’t seem to win for losing when it comes to injuries.
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It seems as if every single time the Lightning get one of their players back from any number of maladies, another player (sometimes two) makes their way to the injured list. If this keeps up much longer, the Lightning may as well rename the team the Tampa Bay Crunch.
Obviously, the Tampa Bay Lightning’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch, have been called upon to carry quite a bit of the load. Unfortunately, this situation doesn’t seem to be coming to an end anytime soon.
On Tuesday night, the Lightning added another name to the list. Early in the first period, Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop was forced to leave the game after sustaining a lower-body injury attempting to make a save.
On the bright side, Bishop made the save. The bad news is Ben Bishop is set to be out 3-4 weeks with said lower-body injury.
In this week’s edition of the Bolts By The Bay Round Table, the Bolts By The Bay staff will take a closer look at some of the Syracuse Crunch players who have been recalled by the Tampa Bay Lightning and who among them has made the greatest impact on the team since being called up.
As usual, there are some of the “usual suspects” on the list. At the same time, there are some new names making their way to the list that may come as quite a surprise to some Lightning fans.
Once you’ve had a chance to see who the Bolts By The Bay staff thinks has made the biggest impact, head on down to the comments section and let us know what you think? Did your favorite Crunch player make the list? Is there someone you think we missed? Join in on the conversation and let your voice be heard.