Vasilevskiy likely headed to Syracuse, Vermin has surgery
Lightning backup goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy is expected to get sent back to AHL Syracuse to play some games this weekend.
Coach Jon Cooper would only say that it's possible, but there will likely be an announcement later today.
Vasilevskiy did the same thing last weekend, starting two games for the Crunch. It makes sense because Vasilevskiy been playing so sporadically as starter Ben Bishop has carried a lion's share of the load.
Kristers Gudlevskis would join the Lightning in Washington to back up Bishop Friday against the Capitals and Sunday against the Senators. Bishop is 7-0-3 in his career against Ottawa, his former team.
Vasilevskiy started Tuesday against Toronto, snapping a four-start losing streak in a 5-4 come-from-behind win. While Vasilevskiy gave up four goals, he made 33 saves, including 14 in a first-period where it could have really got out of hand.
In other Lightning news, rookie wing Joel Vermin underwent hand surgery on Wednesday, and wil
l be out 6-8 weeks, the team announced. It was a tough break for Vermin, who got called up Monday and got hurt on his first shift.
With Vermin's injury, it's possible the Lightning could put him on long term injured reserve, recouping some cap space for any callups. Tampa Bay was down to around $30,000 of cap space this week.
Tampa Bay might need a call-up for Friday, as wing Erik Condra (lower body) participated in today's practice, and could return against the Capitals. Originally expected back by Sunday against the Senators, Condra has felt good skating on his own Monday and Tuesday, and with the team Thursday. Condra said he'll see how he feels after Friday's morning skate before determining his status. If Condra can't go, Tampa Bay can still go with 11 forwards and seven defensemen.
Also, wing Ondrej Palat (left ankle) and Tyler Johnson (undisclosed) skated on their own after today's practice. Neither will play this weekend, just like wing Jonathan Drouin (lower body). Drouin isn't on this trip, but his injury isn't believed to be long-term. Palat said he re-aggravated his left ankle injury when Capitals' T.J. Oshie fell on him Saturday. But Palat said tests revealed no break, so that's encouraging, though he doesn't know how long he'll be out. Palat said Oshie landed on the same leg, same spot. "Just unlucky," he said.