Ben Bishop to face first-place Canadiens
Lightning goalie Ben Bishop loves playing at the Bell Centre.
And facing Carey Price.
Bishop gets to do just that tonight as he's starting against the first-place Canadiens. Montreal (6-0-1) is playing in a back-to-back, having beaten the Islanders in Brooklyn Wednesday night, but saved it's top goalie, Price, for tonight.
"I enjoy this building, it's always fun when you get to play against the best in the world in Carey Price,' Bishop said. "I enjoy that challenge"
Price, who missed most of last season due to injury, was expected to give the Canadiens a boost. And Montreal also re-shaped its roster this summer, trading defenseman P.K. Subban to Nashville for Shea Weber. Andrew Shaw and Alexander Radulov were also added.
"It's going to be two good teams going at it," Bishop said.
More from morning skate: The Lightning is 2-0 so far on the six-game, 11-day road trip, and coach Jon Cooper said the key has been strong starts. Tampa Bay jumped on Ottawa Saturday and finally scored a first-period goal Tuesday in Toronto, taking a 4-0 lead and holding on for a 7-3 victory... The Lightning will keep the same lines, with Vladislav Namestnikov-Steven Stamkos-Nikita Kucherov/Ondrej Palat-Tyler Johnson-Jonathan Drouin/Alex Killorn-Valtteri Filppula-Brayden Point/Brian Boyle-Cedric Paquette-J.T. Brown... Kucherov scored his first goal of the season Tuesday, a career-high four-point night. Kucherov said he was rusty to start the season after his contract holdout, but started to feel better Saturday. Defenseman Andrej Sustr had two assists Tuesday, including a behind-the-back pass to set up a Steven Stamkos one-timer. Associate coach Rick Bowness said he had a conversation with Sustr about that one. "Shoo, I'm not sure where this is coming from, but we're going to stop it," Bowness said. Sustr said he's just feeling more confident in the offensive zone, though he knows he has to pick his spots. "Just got to make sure you read the situation well and make sure you can afford to make that pass," Sustr said. "Can't be afraid to make those plays."