Goalie Vasilevskiy set to return to practice early next week
Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy got some good news at Tuesday's doctor appointment, that he can come off blood thinners, meaning he can return to practice early next week.
Vasilevskiy, out since an early September surgery to remove a blood clot in his collarbone area, has been working out on his own with goalie coach Frantz Jean. But until Vasilevskiy came off blood thinners he couldn't practice, facing uncontrolled shots. It takes a couple days for the medication to wear off, which is why he won't be practicing, presumably with the Lightning in St. Louis, until next week.
Vasilevskiy would still need some conditioning games with AHL Syracuse, which happens to play Oct 28 and Oct 30 next week. The thought was that Vasilevskiy might be able to return in early November, if all goes well.
Tampa Bay could surely use Vasilevskiy back in the backup role. Starter Ben Bishop has played in each of the first seven games.