The Tampa Bay Lightning will get Ben Bishop back in net tonight as they take on the Los Angeles Kings. He’s been listed day-to-day since last Friday. Tampa called up goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis over the weekend, but that appears to have been mostly a precautionary measure.
Aside from the power play, Bishop has been the biggest reason for a rock solid start for Tampa. Prior to the minor injury setback he’d gone 3-0 while taking a stranglehold on the starting goaltender job for the Lightning. His 1.93 GAA is among the lowest in the NHL, while his .928 save percentage is sparking.
Bishop was the first goalie off of the ice during practice this morning, signaling that he would be ready to go against the Kings.
Ben Bishop first off the ice at morning skate. Goes tonight versus Kings.
— Damian Cristodero (@LightningTimes) October 15, 2013
Suddenly the matchup between the Kings and Lightning could feature an outstanding goaltender duel. Jonathan Quick is the likely starter for L.A tonight, and he could have his hands full with a potent Lightning offense. The Kings will be Bishop’s toughest test, as two of his wins came against the Philadelphia Flyers and Buffalo Sabres.