Gudlevskis was sent back down to AHL Syracuse on Tuesday, Bryan Burns of NHL.com reports. The struggling Bolts are on an active four-game losing skid, so the team's understandably looking at its options in goal -- hence Gudlevskis' call-up Monday -- ahead of Thursday's home tilt against the Sabres. It's conceivable that he's heading back to the minors in order to make an appearance in Wednesday's road game against Utica. But at any rate, this news means more to the Lightning faithful than it does the majority of fantasy poolies; the Latvian has made just one appearance in the NHL this season and it was of the relief variety.
Gudlevskis was recalled from AHL Syracuse on Tuesday. Tampa Bay has only unleashed the Latvian once this season -- he had been thrust into relief duty Dec. 23, when the Bolts were shut out by the Capitals on the road. At this stage, Gudlevskis figures to primarily play second fiddle to interim starter Andrei Vasilevskiy with Ben Bishop (lower body) on injured reserve, but his stay might be short-lived as the latter is expected back near the middle of the month.
Gudlevskis will rejoin the Lightning in place of Adam Wilcox. Gudlevskis was sent back to the minors Jan. 4 after supplying just 11:27 of ice time in relief during the Dec. 23 tilt against the Capitals. Despite returning as the backup, Andrei Vasilevskiy should continue to shoulder nearly all the load in goal until Ben Bishop (lower body) is ready to return.
Gudlevskis was reassigned to AHL Syracuse on Wednesday, Bryan Burns of TampaBayLightning.com reports. Gudlevskis had a near negligible impact during his seven game stay in the majors, stopping three of three saves while logging just 11:27 of ice time during a Dec. 23 gam with the Capitals. The Latvian netminder will now head back to the minors where he's gone 5-4-2 with a 2.89 GAA and .884 save percentage this season with the Crunch.
Gudlevskis stopped three shots after entering in the third period of Friday's 4-0 loss to the Capitals. The game was far gone, with Gudlevski making his first appearance of the season. In his only start last year, the 24-year-old gave up one goal on 32 shots.
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