TAMPA — Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop is expected to miss Saturday’s game against Pittsburgh after suffering an undisclosed lower-body injury in Thursday’s victory against Florida.
Anders Lindback will make his second start of the season, while Cedrick Desjardins was called up from Syracuse to serve as the backup against the Penguins.
Bishop appeared to suffer the injury early in the third period after allowing a goal to Panthers forward Jonathan Huberdeau. Bishop was seen flexing his leg after getting back to his skates, but he remained in the game.
“He got banged up at some point during the game, but it wasn’t something that was major cause for concern because he said he was fine during the game,’’ Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. “But through the course of the night I think things tightened up on him. And with games coming every second day, we just felt there was no need to put him on the ice. We will reevaluate him (Saturday).’’
Bishop has won three consecutive games, posting a 1.93 goals-against average and .928 save percentage. Lindback has not played since a 3-1 season-opening loss at Boston on Oct. 3.
Kristers Gudlevskis, who was called up from Florida in the East Coast Hockey League and practiced with the team on Friday, was sent to Syracuse later in the day.