By Dory LeBlanc
The morning following goaltender Ben Bishop's third consecutive win of the season, the Lightning announced they had recalled Kristers Gudlevskis from the ECHL's Florida Everblades (release below) and that Bishop's status is day-to-day with a lower body injury.
According to Damien Cristodero from the Tampa Bay Times, it appears that Bishop sustained the injury against the Panthers Thursday night.
Apparently Ben Bishop is day to day with a lower body injury. Cropped up during Thursday's win over the Panthers.— Damian Cristodero (@LightningTimes) October 11, 2013
Tampa Bay head coach Jon Cooper opted to start Anders Lindback in the season opener on October 3th, which resulted in the Lightning's only loss of the season, a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Boston Bruins.
Since then, Bishop has been the man between the pipes, with a GAA (Goals Against Average) of 1.93 and a .928 save percentage. In the three games he played, Bishop did not allow more than two goals in any of the contests, and recorded an assist on Ondrej Palat's second period goal Thursday night.
The Lightning will need solid and consistent goaltending over the next five games as the Bolts host the Penguins Saturday, followed by the LA Kings, Minnesota Wild, Bruins, and Chicago Blackhawks between October 15-24. All five clubs made an appearance in the 2013 playoffs, with Chicago hoisting the Stanley Cup in Boston four months ago.
WDAE spoke to Ben Bishop in the locker room, following Tampa Bay's 7-2 win over Florida in the home opener:
(via Tampa Bay Lightning Communications)- The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis (güd-LEV-skeez, KRISS-turs) from the Florida Everblades of the ECHL today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.
Gudlevskis, 6-foot-3, 205 pounds, is currently in training camp with the Florida Everyblades of the ECHL. He played in 56 games with HC Riga in Russia’s top junior league, the MHL, last season, posting a 27-18 record with a .927 save percentage and a 2.09 goals-against average with three shutouts. He ranked fourth in the MHL for save percentage among goaltenders with more than seven games played and sixth for goals-against average. Gudlevskis’ three shutouts were tied for 10th in the league. He also appeared in three playoff games. Gudlevskis also played in two games with the Riga Dinamo of the KHL last season, his debut in Europe’s top league, posting a 1-1 record with a .921 save percentage and 2.18 goals-against average.
A native of Aizkraukle, Latvia, Gudlevskis has played in 145 career MHL games with HC Riga from 2010-13, registering a .922 save percentage and a 2.21 goals-against average to go along with a 69-50 record and 11 shutouts. During the 2010-11 season Gudlevskis ranked second in the MHL with seven shutouts. He has also played in 10 career MHL playoff games.
Gudlevskis, 20, has a history of representing his native Latvia in international competitions. Most recently he played in four games during the 2013 IIHF World Championships, played in Stockholm, Sweden and Helsinki, Finland. He posted a 2-2 record with a .925 save percentage and a 2.22 goals-against average in those games. Gudlevskis was named as one of the top three players on the Latvian team as selected by coaches in the tournament. He also played in the 2012 World Junior Championships and the 2011 Division I-A World Junior Championships. Gudlevskis is expected to be considered for a position on the Latvian team at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Gudlevskis was drafted in the fifth round, 124th overall, of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft in Newark, New Jersey.