Vasilevskiy will get the starting nod at home versus the Maple Leafs on Thursday. Vasilevskiy will be making his return to the crease following a 15-game stint on the sidelines due to a fractured foot. The Russian keeper was 3-2-0 in his previous five outings before getting hurt, along with a 2.82 GAA and .915 save percentage. Based on how well Louis Domingue performed in the 24-year-old's absence, the backup could get a few additional looks down the stretch to keep Vasilevskiy fresh for the postseason.
Vasilevskiy might be an option to start against the Maple Leafs on Thursday. According to coach Jon Cooper, "It's not as much the injury as it is the cardio and how he's feeling in that respect," Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports. Vasilevskiy will at a minimum dress for Thursday's clash with Toronto as the backup after being activated off injured reserve Tuesday. Having spent 15 games on the sidelines, it would be understandable for the netminder to want a little more practice time to get his legs back under him. In the meantime, fantasy owners will have to wait until after the game-day skate to see whether he will get the call.
Vasievskiy (foot) is no longer listed on injured reserve, per the NHL's official media site. Vasilevskiy is expected to return to practice with his teammates immediately, and if all goes well, he could presumably return to action as soon as Thursday against Toronto. Another update on the Russian netminder's status should surface following Thursday's morning skate.
Vasilevskiy (foot) could return to practice early next week and Lightning goalie coach Frantz Jean indicated he could return "sooner than later," Caley Chelios of Fox Sports reports. It was suggested just a couple days ago by coach Jon Cooper that Vasilevskiy was still weeks away from returning, but it appears that he's made some significant strides of late. His return to the ice early next week could put him on track to return sometime in the middle of the month, though it will be worth monitoring his progress along the way.
Vasilevskiy (foot) took part in an optional skate Saturday, Nick Kelly of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Vasilevskiy isn't expected to return for a few weeks, but it's encouraging that the elite netminder is back on the ice in any capacity. The Bolts have been resilient even without Vasi, as they're currently riding a five-game winning streak with eight victories in the past 10 games to remain atop the league standings. Louis Domingue has received most of the starts with the traditional starter unavailable between the pipes.
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