Condra to face former team, Bishop won't
Lightning goalie Ben Bishop was one of the last players off the ice at Monday's optional skate, acknowledging to the swarm of Ottawa-based reporters he would not get a chance to face his former team tonight.
"It's been a good run while it lasted," Bishop joked.
Bishop has been dominant against the Senators, which traded him to the Lightning in the spring of 2013, going 8-0-3 with a 2.12 goals against average in 12 career starts. But with Tampa Bay having a back-to-back, Bishop would only start one of the games, and that'll be Tuesday against the Canadiens. G Andrei Vasilevskiy gets the nod tonight.
"Obviously you'd like to start (against Ottawa)," Bishop said. "But, at the same time, you realize the situation with the back-to-back, it's probably one or the other. It's (coach Jon Cooper's) decision, not mine. So whenever I get the nod, I'll go out and play well."
Bishop also has great numbers against Montreal (10-1-3, 1.62 GAA in 15 games), not including the playoff series victory last season.
The other former Senator, right wing Erik Condra, will be in the lineup tonight, eager to face the team that he started his career with and played the first five seasons before signing a three-year deal over the summer.
"You get the giddies a little bit, you get excited," Condra said. "The drive from downtown to here, looking at all the sights, and places you've been. When you spend youre whole career here, there's a lot of memories on that side. It's a little different coming to this side of the arena. I'm excited to come back and play."
More from skate: We won't know the full Lightning lineup until Cooper's pre-game media session around 5 p.m., but it looks like RW Jonathan Marchessault will be scratched. Tampa Bay could choose to go with seven defensemen, inserting D Matt Carle. C Cedric Paquette, who did not skate this morning, is also a candidate to get scratched if the Lightning goes 11/7. The Senators will have the same lineup as Saturday against Toronto, and G Craig Anderson will be in net... The Lightning watched Sunday's Super Bowl as a team at their hotel in Ottawa. Naturally, some were bummed they missed out on the American commercials, not shown on Canadian broadcast. . Only eight players skated this morning, including D Andrej Sustr and RW Nikita Kucherov.