Vasilevskiy will be the the No. 1 goalie for Team Russia at the IIHF World Championship next month, Sergey Demidov of Russia's NHL.com reports. The 22-year-old netminder saw his fantasy stock surge when the Lightning traded Ben Bishop to the Kings at the deadline, and now he'll further bolster his hockey resume as Russia's chief puck plugger on the international stage. Of course, Vasilevskiy can thank a fatigued Sergei Bobrovsky for his backing out of the tournament and essentially relinquishing the coveted role. Considering that Vasilevskiy was the 19th overall pick in the 2012 draft, has low miles on a hulking frame, and is entrenched as the No. 1 for both Russia and Tampa Bay, he won't be a forgotten man in fantasy drafts this fall.
Vasilevskiy will defend the net in Sunday's season finale against the Sabres, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Vasilevskiy has won each of his last two contests between the pipes, but the Lightning will fall just short of the playoffs in 2016-17. Regardless, he will look to finish off the campaign on a high note as he enters the offseason prepared to resume his role as the franchise's workhorse next season.
Vasilevskiy allowed two goals on 29 shots in Friday's 4-2 victory against the Canadiens. Vasilevskiy helped the team gain two important points to get within one of the Maple Leafs in the race for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. He has allowed a total of just six goals in three April starts, although this was his first win. Vasilevskiy received a total of just one goal of support in his previous two April appearances.
Vasilevskiy has been confirmed to start Friday's crucial game in Montreal, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The Lightning will turn to their starter of the future for the second night in a row with the season on the line. Vasilevskiy is 1-0-1 with a 2.45 GAA and .914 save percentage in two starts against the Canadiens this season, so he'll look to put in another good performance against a squad that is averaging 2.33 goals per game in April thus far.
Vasilevskiy is on track to start in Friday's road contest with the Canadiens, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Vasilevskiy has gone 4-1-1 over his last six starts, and the Bolts are still clinging onto their playoff hopes after the Russian limited the Maple Leafs to one goal on 26 shots Thursday.
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