The foundering Tampa Bay Lightning, who have lost four straight games and are four points out of a playoff spot, got some good news Wednesday, right from the source.
Goaltender Ben Bishop, who has been on injured reserve since December with a lower body injury, took part in a full practice and declared himself “ready to go” according to a report in the Tampa Bay Times.
The Bolts have a back-to-back two-game home stand coming up against Buffalo (Thursday) and Columbus (Friday) and its expected that Bishop will make a start in one of them.
With the trade deadline looming and the Lightning getting decent goaltending from Andrei Vasilevskiy, Bishop’s performance over the next month and a half could loom large. He’s an unrestricted free agent at season’s end and could be dangled.
However, Bishop was not his usual Vezina-worthy self (he was second in voting for top netminder last year) in 22 games so far, going 9-10-2, with a 2.79 goals against average and .907 save percentage.