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Banged-up Lightning believes in Vasilevskiy

Vladislav Namestnikov, pictured, and Cedric Paquette weren't at today's morning skate.

DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times

Vladislav Namestnikov, pictured, and Cedric Paquette weren't at today's morning skate.

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The list of banged-up Lightning players continue to grow.

"It's getting ridiculous," wing Alex Killorn said.

One day after news that goalie Ben Bishop is expected to miss 3-4 weeks with a lower body injury, centers Vladislav Namestnikov and Cedric Paquette weren't at today's morning skate. Michael Bournival has been called up from AHL Syracuse.

While Ondrej Palat and Nikita Kucherov were on the ice - Kucherov's first team skate in a week - neither are going to play tonight. Ryan Callahan didn't skate either, and will miss his 11th straight game. Kucherov looked a lot better than last time he skated with the team, in a gray jersey.

"Don't be fooled by the jersey colors," coach Jon Cooper said. "We're losing more players than we're adding tonight."

Andrei Vasilevskiy will get the start, beginning what will be his first extended run as a No. 1 goalie. Kristers Gudlevskis will back him up.

"We're very confident in Vasy," Killorn said.

Vasilevskiy started the last game against the Blues, getting pulled in a 5-4 loss in which Tampa Bay gave up three power play goals. The Lightning (16-14-3) is coming off one of its better performances, a 4-1 victory over the Red Wings.

But Tampa Bay hasn't won back-to-back games in a month, so tonight will be a big test. Friday is the Lightning's last game before the Christmas break.

[Last modified: Thursday, December 22, 2016 12:21pm]

    

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