Bolts lose Bishop for remainder of regular season, playoffs uncertain

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Wednesday was a good news, bad news day for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

On the good news front, the MRI on starting goalie Ben Bishop’s left wrist/arm revealed no structural damage.

On the bad news front, the club doesn’t appear to know just how severe the injury is — but knows it’s serious enough to sideline Bishop for the remainder of the regular season. Head coach Jon Cooper confirmed the team will be shutting Bishop down and, in a related move, the Bolts called up Kristers Gudlevskis from AHL Syracuse today to serve as a backup to Anders Lindback.

To get a sense of where the Lightning are with the injury, a few tweets:

Losing Bishop for any length of time would be devastating for the Bolts, who still have something to play for down the stretch — home-ice advantage in their first-round matchup with Montreal.

The NHL’s tallest netminder has had a Vezina-calibre season and, unlike the Steve Stamkos injury, Tampa Bay won’t be able to rely on a cast of capable, quality depth players to keep the team afloat — Lindback has been very average since coming over from Nashville two seasons ago and is 6-12-2 on the year with a 3.11 GAA and .884 save percentage.

Also, the sum total of his career playoff experience is — wait for it — thirteen minutes.