The Tampa Bay Lightning has recalled goaltender Eddie Pasquale from their AHL-affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch.
The Tampa Bay Lightning started off the day by making a move that could have an impact on the final four games of the 2018-19 season. It seems as if a particular player may be getting some well-deserved rest before the start of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The Lightning announced this morning they have officially recalled goaltender Eddie Pasquale from their American Hockey League affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch. Initially one would believe this would mean Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy would be getting some well-deserved rest.
Regrettably, this does not seem to be the case. Minutes after the announcement regarding Pasquale, the Lightning followed up with a tweet stating Bolts goalie Louis Domingue was considered to be day-to-day with a Lower Body Injury.
Domingue leaves some pretty big shoes to fill this season, but if you take a closer look at Eddie Pasquale, you’ll see he is more than ready to stand up to the challenge.
Eddie Pasquale has manned the spot between the pipes for the Syracuse Crunch in 43 games so far this season. In that amount of time, Pasquale has maintained a record of 25-12-6-4 with a Goals Against Average of 2.37 and a Save Percentage of .916.
Today marks the third time Pasquale has been called to the Lightning’s main roster this season. The first was back on November 15 when Andrei Vasilevskiy was sidelined with a foot injury. Pasquale made his second trip to the Bolts Nation on December 2 while Vasy was still dealing a fractured foot.
On December 4, Eddie Pasquale would make his long-awaited NHL Debut in grand style as the Tampa Bay Lightning would defeat the Detroit Red Wings 6-5 in a shootout.
The Tampa Bay Lightning finds themselves in an interesting position at this point in the season. The Lightning has already clinched the “Triple Crown” which consists of the Atlantic Division Championship, the Eastern Conference leaders, and the Presidents’ Trophy winners.
In other words, there isn’t a whole lot of pressure heading into the final week of the regular season. This opens up so many opportunities for the Bolts. They will have the time needed in order to allow players with nagging injuries to sit out a couple of games and get their affairs in order. It will also allow Lightning Head Coach Jon Cooper to give others who may not get as much ice time as others to showcase what they have to offer.
The final road trip of the season kicks off tonight at the Canadian Tire Centre where they will take on the Ottawa Senators for the final time this season. Tonight’s game will also serve as the final back-to-back series of the regular season for the Bolts.
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The Tampa Bay Lightning had a rough night on Saturday against the defending Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals. Tonight, it’s time to put that completely in the rearview mirror and refocus on the task ahead. Things are about to heat up in the National Hockey League and we couldn’t be more excited.