Ben Bishop starts in Nashville exhibition
Considering goalie Ben Bishop got some action - and three weeks of practice - during the World Cup of Hockey, he's already on track to start the regular season.
But Bishop said tonight's exhibition in Nashville will allow him to take another step.
"I'm excited," Bishop said. "You try to tone your game, you've got to get used to screens, and the tight plays. You can practice all you want, but until you go out there and guys are skating in front of you.. You work on catching up on screens and rushes and post plays, play the puck a bit.
"I think we're all ready, it's just more kind of getting tuned up to where you see all that stuff live speed."
Bishop is one of several Lightning regulars in the lineup tonight in what will be a sold out Bridgestone Arena (thanks to defenseman P.K. Subban making his debut). Wing Jonathan Drouin, Valtteri Filppula, Andrej Sustr, Vladislav Namestnikov will play in their first exhibitions. Veteran defenseman James Wisniewski continues his training camp tryout with his third game in four days.
Mitchell Stephens, the Lightning's second round pick in 2015, gets in his first game after being sidelined early in camp with an undisclosed injury.
Full lineup: Boyle, Paquette, Conacher, Wisniewski, Condra, Conacher, Drouin, Witkowski, Koekkoek, Morin, Tye McGinn, Filppula, Coburn, Sustr, Peca, Gourde, Stephens, Nesterov, Namestnikov, Bishop, Gudlevskis
The Predators lineup will have Subban, along with Filip Forsberg, Mike Ribeiro, Ryan Johansen. Defenseman Matt Carle, bought out by the Lightning this summer, is not playing.
The Lightning is expected to make its next big round of cuts Sunday or Monday, with AHL Syracuse opening its camp Tuesday.