Putting to bed any questions of a goaltending controversy for the Tampa Bay Lightning heading into Game 3 at the Bell Centre versus the Montreal Canadiens, head coach Jon Cooper will stick with Anders Lindback in net and not turn to 21-year old Latvian rookie and Olympic sensation Kristers Gudlevskis.
No goaltending drama today, Lindback first goalie off the ice #TBLightning— Erik Erlendsson (@erlendssonTBO) April 20, 2014
Lindback is 0-2 in the series with an .881 save percentage. Gudlevskis stopped 2 of 3 shots faced in relief in Game 2 but will remain the backup in Game 3.
Other Lineup Notes
Ondrej Palat took part in the morning skate on the 4th line with Nate Thompson and Richard Panik. He's still a game-time decision but it's a small sign he might return tonight.
Palat skating with Thompson and Panik this morning.— Damian Cristodero (@LightningTimes) April 20, 2014
Ben Bishop traveled with the team but otherwise his status remains unchanged. It looks as if the Lightning will have to extend the series to give Bishop a chance to play in these playoffs.
Full lines via Erik Erlendsson:
Lines for what they're worth: Killorn-Johnson-Stamkos; Purcell-Filppula-Callahan; Brown-Paquette-Kucherov;Palat-Thompson-Panik— Erik Erlendsson (@erlendssonTBO) April 20, 2014
So Cooper, for the most part, is sticking to his guns in terms of his personnel. Both B.J. Crombeen and Tom Pyatt remained on the "5th line" and appear as if they will be healthy scratches again.