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    Tampa Bay Lightning's Ben Bishop In line to start against Flyers on Thursday

    Bishop was the first man off the ice in the morning skate, indicating that he's expected to start between the pipes for the season opener against the Flyers on Thursday evening, Michelle Gingras of FOX Sports reports.This should come as no surprise as Bishop is among the elite backstops in the NHL. Last season, he led his team to the Stanley Cup Finals following a 40-13-5 record, 2.32 GAA and .916 save percentage during the regular season. Kevin Poulin will be second in line for starts, at least until Andrei Vasilevskiy can get healthy following a blood clot issue.

  • Bolts' Bishop A Full Go For Start Of Camp

    News: Ben Bishop (groin) said he doesn't expect to face any limitations during training camp, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
    Analysis: Ben Bishop suffered the groin tear in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals, but only missed one more match in the six-game series. With the whole summer to recover, Bishop didn't require surgery to address the issue and should be back to handle a large volume of the starts in net for the Bolts during the coming season. The netminder didn't post elite ratios (2.32 GAA, .916 save percentage) last season, but thanks to Tampa's high-powered offense, he reached the 40-win plateau.
  • Bolts' Bishop Improving After Groin Tear

    News: Ben Bishop has shown improvement with the groin tear that hobbled him through most of the Stanley Cup Finals and will begin his offseason workouts Monday, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
    Analysis: Ben Bishop suggested that the media overhyped his injury during the series against the Blackhawks, as he never suffered a complete tear, though it might have compromised his play nonetheless in Game 5 and 6. Regardless, Bishop seems like he's on track to be ready for the start of training camp in September, when he'll enter the season as one of the top fantasy options in goal. Over his last two regular seasons, Bishop has amassed a 77-27-12 record to go along with nine shutouts.
  • Bolts' Bishop Played Through Groin Tear In Finals

    News: Ben Bishop stopped 30 of 32 shots in Monday's Stanley Cup-clinching Game 6 loss to the Blackhawks. He admitted after the game that he had been playing through a torn groin, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
    Analysis: Despite that extremely painful-sounding injury, Ben Bishop delivered excellent play in goal during the Finals, and the Lightning's loss in six games certainly can't be pinned on him. He'll likely need some time -- maybe even surgery -- to heal up from this, but seems likely to be ready for training camp in the fall.
  • Lightning's Bishop To Start Game 6

    News: Ben Bishop will start in net for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals against Chicago on Monday, Michelle Gingras of FOX Sports reports.
    Analysis: Ben Bishop returned from an unspecified injury to stop 27 of 29 shots in Game 5 but it wasn't enough to give the Lightning a victory. Needing a win to force a Game 7, Bishop should have a tough task stopping a Chicago team that's averaging 2.2 goals per game thus far in the Stanley Cup Finals.
  • Bolts' Bishop Makes 27 Saves In Game 5 Loss

    News: Ben Bishop stopped 27 of 29 shots in Saturday's Game 5 loss to the Blackhawks.
    Analysis: A decent outing for Ben Bishop, who missed Game 4 with an undisclosed injury. The 28-year-old was beat twice on the power play in the loss, including an ugly goal in the third period in which the venturing netminder was bumped into by defenseman Victor Hedman, allowing Patrick Sharp to tuck the puck into an empty net. Sporting a .920 save percentage this postseason and having allowed just two goals in each of his last two outings, Bishop should give the Lightning a great chance to force a Game 7 when they take on the Blackhawks in Chicago Monday.
  • Bolts' Bishop (Undisclosed) Starting Game 5

    News: Ben Bishop (undisclosed) will start Saturday against the Blackhawks in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports.
    Analysis: Ben Bishop is healthy enough to be between the pipes, pushing youngster Andrei Vasilevskiy to the bench. In three appearances in the Finals, Bishop has stopped 76 of 83 shots, good for a .916 save percentage.
  • Lightning's Bishop Likely Starting Saturday

    News: Ben Bishop (undisclosed) led Tampa Bay onto the ice Saturday and appears poised to start against the Blackhawks in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports.
    Analysis: Although he was able to take part in Saturday's morning skate, Ben Bishop relied upon the brain trust of coach Jon Cooper and the Lightning's training staff in order to determine his playing status. Because he's been deemed sufficiently healthy enough to take the ice, Bishop is expected to take the place of Andrei Vasilevskiy in net, bringing along a .916 save percentage (76-for-83) in his three appearances in the series.
  • Bolts' Bishop On Ice For Morning Skate

    News: Ben Bishop (undisclosed) participated in Tampa Bay's morning skate on Saturday, NHL.com's Bryan Burns reports.
    Analysis: It's an encouraging sign, as coach Jon Cooper told reporters on Friday that Ben Bishop's participation in Saturday's morning skate, or lack thereof, would be a good indication of his potential availability for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Blackhawks. While it looks like he's probably going to get the start in net in Game 5, it likely won't be confirmed until pregame warmups.
  • Bolts' Bishop Expected To Play In Game 5

    News: Ben Bishop (undisclosed) has reportedly made enough progress in the past four days to give the Lightning confidence that he'll be available to start Saturday's Game 5 against the Blackhawks, Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet reports.
    Analysis: Ben Bishop first suffered what was roundly believed to be a knee injury in the third period of Game 2 a week earlier, but was able to take the ice for Game 3 on Monday, stopping 36 of 38 shots in the victory. However, coach Jon Cooper acknowledged that the injury was still plaguing Bishop after the outing, resulting in the goalie sitting out a Game 4 loss in favor of backup Andrei Vasilevskiy. It appears the time off might have been enough to resolve the issue, but their likely won't be further validation on Bishop's ability until the Lightning conduct their morning skate Saturday.