Gudlevskis appears to be joining Lightning
Lightning goalie prospect Kristers Gudlevskis is expected to be recalled from AHL Syracuse, and could start Saturday against the Blackhawks in Chicago.
With starter Ben Bishop playing each of the first eight games, including Friday in Winnipeg, it makes sense to give him a break Saturday. Coach Jon Cooper has said that the player who opened the season as Bishop's backup, Kevin Poulin, may not be the one who plays. And Gudlevskis, 23. has been performing well for the Crunch, going 2-0 in stopping 53 of 55 shots in the first two games.
Gudlevskis was not with the Crunch Friday night, with Allen York backing up Adam Wilcox, which first fueled speculation Gudlevskis was on his way to join Tampa Bay. Poulin, claimed off waivers in got the backup job out of camp, but it made more sense for Gudlevskis to be in Syracuse so he could play, instead of sitting on the bench like Poulin has.
Gudlevskis has made just one previous NHL start, stopping 36 of 38 shots in a win over Columbus April 11, 2014. He also appeared in two games in relief in the 2014 playoffs.
Andrei Vasilevskiy, who was expected to be Bishop's backup to start the season, has been out since early September surgery to remove a blood clot from his left collarbone area. But Vasilevskiy will rejoin the Lightning for practice Monday, targeting an early November return.