McElhinney (undisclosed) is expected to be in the lineup for Tuesday's game versus Columbus, NHL.com reports. The Lightning have yet to name a starter for Tuesday's contest, but if McElhinney doesn't get the nod, he'll be available to serve as Andrei Vasilevskiy's backup. The veteran netminder has gone 3-4-1 while posting a 3.03 GAA and an .882 save percentage in eight appearances this year.
Head coach Jon Cooper said McElhinney (undisclosed) didn't play in Sunday's loss to the Red Wings because he "tweaked something" Saturday, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports. It sounds like McElhinney hurt himself during warmups ahead of Saturday's game versus the Red Wings. Christopher Gibson made his Lightning debut in Sunday's game as a result. Andrei Vasilevskiy will continue to take on a workhorse role, but Gibson may serve as the backup until McElhinney gains clearance.
McElhinney made 18 saves on 20 shots in Tuesday's 3-1 loss to the Blue Jackets. The third goal was an empty-netter McElhinney didn't face lot of traffic, but he was beat on a deflection by Oliver Bjorkstrand on the first goal. David Savard scored the second tally. McElhinney dropped to 3-4-1 with a 3.03 GAA and an .882 save percentage. The 37-year-old will likely continue seeing minimal playing time behind Andrei Vasilevskiy, who figures to start Thursday's rematch with the Blue Jackets.
Per Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site, McElhinney was the first goalie off the ice at morning skate, indicating he'll get the start in goal in Tuesday's home game versus the Blue Jackets. McElhinney was decent in his last start March 21 against Florida, stopping 29 of 32 shots en route to a 5-3 win. The veteran netminder will try to earn his fourth victory of the season in a home matchup with a slumping Columbus club that's lost back-to-back games.
McElhinney kicked out 29 shots in a 5-3 win over the Panthers on Sunday. McElhinney gave Andrei Vasilevskiy a breather and picked up his first win in over a month, snapping a three-game winless skid (0-2-1). The 37-year-old owns a 3.16 GAA and .880 save percentage in seven appearances on the year.
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