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Vasilevskiy likely to get more stints in the AHL

Andrei Vasilevskiy has played in 15 games for the Lightning this season, going 8-5 with 2.73 goals against average.

DIRK SHADD | Times

Andrei Vasilevskiy has played in 15 games for the Lightning this season, going 8-5 with 2.73 goals against average.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy may be a No. 1 goalie of the future.

But Vasilevskiy's near-future will likely include some trips back to AHL Syracuse to play for the Crunch, giving the touted prospect an opportunity to play more.

With starter Ben Bishop going to get the lion's share of the starts in Tampa Bay, and very few back-to-back games in coming weeks, coach Jon Cooper said Vasilevskiy could have one, "maybe two'" stints in Syracuse.

Vasilevskiy has played in 15 games for the Lightning this season, going 8-5 with 2.73 goals against average. But Vasilevskiy has just two starts since Jan. 27. He's played in 10 games for the Crunch.

"Vasilevskiy is not immune to going back down to play games," Cooper said. "This is not a situation where he's going down there to stay down there. If we have a situation where Vasilevskiy can go down and play games and come back and play for us, that's what we want. So I wouldn't put that past happening very soon.

"It's tough to sit there for weeks on end and come in and get games. We want thim to play. he's still very much in his development stage. We'd be doing a disservice if we didn't play him as much as we could."

The Crunch plays Saturday night in Ottawa, then plays Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, which would appear likely Vasilevskiy gets some starts in there.

[Last modified: Friday, February 12, 2016 1:55pm]

    

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