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30 Ben Bishop G
Height/Weight: 6-7/214 | Birthdate: 11/21/1986 | Birthplace: Denver, CO, USA | Team: Tampa Bay Lightning | College: Maine | NHL Experience: 5 | Salary: $650,000 | Owned/Started%: 85/73 | Average Draft Position: 9.41
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6/24/2015

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Ben Bishop

Bolts' Bishop Improving After Groin Tear

News: Ben Bishop has shown improvement with the groin tear that hobbled him through most of the Stanley Cup Finals and will begin his offseason workouts Monday, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Analysis: Ben Bishop suggested that the media overhyped his injury during the series against the Blackhawks, as he never suffered a complete tear, though it might have compromised his play nonetheless in Game 5 and 6. Regardless, Bishop seems like he's on track to be ready for the start of training camp in September, when he'll enter the season as one of the top fantasy options in goal. Over his last two regular seasons, Bishop has amassed a 77-27-12 record to go along with nine shutouts.

6/15/2015

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Ben Bishop

Bolts' Bishop Played Through Groin Tear In Finals

News: Ben Bishop stopped 30 of 32 shots in Monday's Stanley Cup-clinching Game 6 loss to the Blackhawks. He admitted after the game that he had been playing through a torn groin, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Analysis: Despite that extremely painful-sounding injury, Ben Bishop delivered excellent play in goal during the Finals, and the Lightning's loss in six games certainly can't be pinned on him. He'll likely need some time -- maybe even surgery -- to heal up from this, but seems likely to be ready for training camp in the fall.

6/15/2015

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Ben Bishop

Lightning's Bishop To Start Game 6

News: Ben Bishop will start in net for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals against Chicago on Monday, Michelle Gingras of FOX Sports reports.
Analysis: Ben Bishop returned from an unspecified injury to stop 27 of 29 shots in Game 5 but it wasn't enough to give the Lightning a victory. Needing a win to force a Game 7, Bishop should have a tough task stopping a Chicago team that's averaging 2.2 goals per game thus far in the Stanley Cup Finals.

6/14/2015

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Ben Bishop

Bolts' Bishop Makes 27 Saves In Game 5 Loss

News: Ben Bishop stopped 27 of 29 shots in Saturday's Game 5 loss to the Blackhawks.
Analysis: A decent outing for Ben Bishop, who missed Game 4 with an undisclosed injury. The 28-year-old was beat twice on the power play in the loss, including an ugly goal in the third period in which the venturing netminder was bumped into by defenseman Victor Hedman, allowing Patrick Sharp to tuck the puck into an empty net. Sporting a .920 save percentage this postseason and having allowed just two goals in each of his last two outings, Bishop should give the Lightning a great chance to force a Game 7 when they take on the Blackhawks in Chicago Monday.

6/13/2015

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Ben Bishop

Bolts' Bishop (Undisclosed) Starting Game 5

News: Ben Bishop (undisclosed) will start Saturday against the Blackhawks in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports.
Analysis: Ben Bishop is healthy enough to be between the pipes, pushing youngster Andrei Vasilevskiy to the bench. In three appearances in the Finals, Bishop has stopped 76 of 83 shots, good for a .916 save percentage.

6/13/2015

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Ben Bishop

Lightning's Bishop Likely Starting Saturday

News: Ben Bishop (undisclosed) led Tampa Bay onto the ice Saturday and appears poised to start against the Blackhawks in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports.
Analysis: Although he was able to take part in Saturday's morning skate, Ben Bishop relied upon the brain trust of coach Jon Cooper and the Lightning's training staff in order to determine his playing status. Because he's been deemed sufficiently healthy enough to take the ice, Bishop is expected to take the place of Andrei Vasilevskiy in net, bringing along a .916 save percentage (76-for-83) in his three appearances in the series.

6/13/2015

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Ben Bishop

Bolts' Bishop On Ice For Morning Skate

News: Ben Bishop (undisclosed) participated in Tampa Bay's morning skate on Saturday, NHL.com's Bryan Burns reports.
Analysis: It's an encouraging sign, as coach Jon Cooper told reporters on Friday that Ben Bishop's participation in Saturday's morning skate, or lack thereof, would be a good indication of his potential availability for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Blackhawks. While it looks like he's probably going to get the start in net in Game 5, it likely won't be confirmed until pregame warmups.

6/12/2015

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Ben Bishop

Bolts' Bishop Expected To Play In Game 5

News: Ben Bishop (undisclosed) has reportedly made enough progress in the past four days to give the Lightning confidence that he'll be available to start Saturday's Game 5 against the Blackhawks, Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet reports.
Analysis: Ben Bishop first suffered what was roundly believed to be a knee injury in the third period of Game 2 a week earlier, but was able to take the ice for Game 3 on Monday, stopping 36 of 38 shots in the victory. However, coach Jon Cooper acknowledged that the injury was still plaguing Bishop after the outing, resulting in the goalie sitting out a Game 4 loss in favor of backup Andrei Vasilevskiy. It appears the time off might have been enough to resolve the issue, but their likely won't be further validation on Bishop's ability until the Lightning conduct their morning skate Saturday.

6/12/2015

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Ben Bishop

Bolts' Bishop Won't Try To Skate Until Saturday

News: Ben Bishop (undisclosed) will not attempt to skate until Saturday, NHL.com's Dan Rosen reports.
Analysis: Coach Jon Cooper spoke to reporters on Friday, and noted that the Bolts' coaching and training staff had already made the decision to keep Ben Bishop off the ice until Saturday when they determined Wednesday he would not be able to start Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Hawks. As such, Bishop's availability will likely remain unclear until both teams take the ice for pregame warmups ahead of Game 5.

6/12/2015

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Ben Bishop

Bolts' Bishop Remains Day-To-Day

News: Ben Bishop remains day-to-day with an undisclosed injury, Matt Baker of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Analysis: Whatever the ailment is, it's serious enough to have kept Ben Bishop out of Wednesday's Game 4. Teammate Andrei Vasilevskiy was relatively solid in place of Bishop on Wednesday, turning away 17 of the Hawks' 19 total shots on goal. The Bolts will hope, however, to have Bishop back in goal for Saturday's Game 5. The team should provide an update on his status prior to puck drop on Saturday.

6/10/2015

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Ben Bishop

Bolts' Bishop Ruled Out For Game 4

News: Ben Bishop (lower body) is out for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals against Chicago, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Analysis: Ben Bishop's status was up in the air heading into Game 4, and now it is confirmed that he will not be available Wednesday. He will be replaced in net by 20-year-old Andrei Vasilevskiy, who picked up the win in Game 2. With the Lightning already up 2-1 in the series, giving Bishop the night off Wednesday will give him time to heal his injury ahead of Game 5 on Saturday.

6/10/2015

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Ben Bishop

Bolts' Bishop Remains In 'Holding Pattern'

News: Though Ben Bishop (lower body) was able take part in Wednesday's morning skate, coach Jon Cooper acknowledged that the goalie remains in a "holding pattern" with the injury and isn't certain to be available for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals, NHL.com's Bryan Burns reports.
Analysis: Cooper characterized the situation as the same as prior to Game 3, when it was uncertain whether Ben Bishop would be available to start the game and play through the injury. Bishop ultimately took the crease and delivered a 36-save effort as the Bolts stole a game on the road and pushed their series edge to 2-1, but the netminder looked to be a bit hobbled at various stretches of the game. It seems likely that he'll push through the injury and man the net in Game 4, but definitive word won't come until pregame warmups are conducted. Andrei Vasilevskiy would get the call if Bishop is deemed unable to play.

6/10/2015

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Ben Bishop

Bolts' Bishop In The Net Again For Game 4

News: Ben Bishop was on the ice for Wednesday's morning skate and will receive the starting nod for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals in Chicago, Sportsnet's Chris Johnston reports.
Analysis: There was plenty of uncertainty regarding Ben Bishop's condition heading into Game 3 after an apparent lower-body concern kept him unavailable late in the third period of Game 2, but he ended up taking the ice Monday night and turned in his best performance of the series. Bishop did appear to be moving around gingerly during certain stretches of action in the Game 3 win, but it doesn't seem as though the injury is severe enough to put his status in question Wednesday. The Blackhawks are expected to once again counter in their net with Corey Crawford.

6/8/2015

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Ben Bishop

Bishop, Bolts Win Game 3

News: Ben Bishop turned aside 36 of 38 shots in Monday's Game 3 win over the Blackhawks.
Analysis: Ben Bishop's status was uncertain until just before the teams came out onto the ice, and though he appeared to still be dealing with some lingering effects of the knee issue that forced him out of Game 2, he turned in his best performance of the Finals. The team has yet to offer specifics on Bishop's injury, but the goalie figures to be back in net for Wednesday's Game 4.

6/8/2015

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Ben Bishop

Bolts' Bishop To Start Game 3

News: Ben Bishop (knee) will be between the pipes for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Blackhawks, Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune reports.
Analysis: For a while, it seemed as though Tampa Bay would be forced to go with youngster Andrei Vasilevskiy in net for Game 3. While Vasilevskiy is certainly not a scrub, the Lightning will breathe a sigh of relief knowing the goaltender that has played a pivotal role in their postseason success thus far will be in the crease on Monday. Ben Bishop has allowed five goals on 45 shots to the Blackhawks through two games in the Finals.

6/8/2015

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Ben Bishop

Bolts' Bishop (Knee) Participates In Morning Skate

News: Ben Bishop (knee) was on the ice for Tampa Bay's morning skate on Monday, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Analysis: On Sunday Lightning coach Jon Cooper indicated that Ben Bishop would likely play in Monday's Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals if he was able to participate in morning skate. He later backed off that stance, but Bishop's presence at Monday's morning skate indicates that he'll likely be between the pipes for Monday's Game 3. His availability will be confirmed when Tampa Bay takes the ice for pregame warmups.

6/7/2015

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Ben Bishop

Lightning's Bishop Uncertain For Game 2

News: Lightning coach Jon Cooper suggested Ben Bishop (knee) will likely play in Monday's Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals if he participates in morning skate, WFLA's Paul Ryan reports.
Analysis: Cooper reportedly backed off that stance, and Ben Bishop will likely be a game-time decision, with his participation (or lack thereof) in the morning skate crucial. If Bishop can't play, 20-year-old Andrei Vasilevskiy will get the start.

6/6/2015

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Ben Bishop

Bolts' Bishop Leaves With Apparent Knee Injury

News: Ben Bishop left Saturday's Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals with an apparent knee injury, TVA Sports reports.
Analysis: The team would not comment on the situation, and Ben Bishop was unavailable during the media session as he was "undergoing treatment." More information should be known on his status moving forward before Monday's Game 3.

6/6/2015

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Ben Bishop

Bolts' Bishop Leaves Game 2

News: Ben Bishop left Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Saturday in the third period against the Chicago Blackhawks, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Analysis: Ben Bishop was replaced by Andrei Vasilevskiy but later returned. He removed himself from the game again later in the third period as well. Vasilevskiy was in goal when the Lightning took the lead and again for the end of the game. Bishop's reasoning for leaving the game is unclear, and his status for Game 3 remains uncertain.

6/6/2015

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Ben Bishop

Bolts' Bishop To Start Game 2

News: Ben Bishop will get the start in goal Saturday for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals, Bryan Burns of TampaBayLightning.com reports.
Analysis: Ben Bishop was having a strong outing in Game 1 before a pair of late goals by the Blackhawks felled the Lightning. He'll look to avoid that type of collapse Saturday to avoid an 0-2 hole in the series.

6/4/2015

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Ben Bishop

Bolts' Bishop Stops 19 In Loss

News: Ben Bishop allowed two goals on 21 shots in Wednesday's 2-1 loss to the Blackhawks in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Analysis: The netminder was able to string together five straight periods of shutout hockey before surrendering two goals late in the third period. He shouldn't be the object of most of the blame, though, as you'd have to think the league's highest-scoring team is more concerned with only scoring one goal at home than with Ben Bishop's effort.

6/3/2015

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Ben Bishop

Lightnings' Bishop To Start In Net For Game 1

News: Ben Bishop will start in net for Wednesday's Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals against Chicago, Bryan Burns of TampaBayLightning.com reports.
Analysis: Ben Bishop has started in all 20 playoff games for the Lightning this season and he'll surely continue to start moving forward unless things take an unfortunate turn for the 28-year-old netminder. As it stands, he's currently sporting a .920 save percentage and a 2.15 GAA through the playoffs thus far.

5/30/2015

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Ben Bishop

Bolts' Bishop Pitches 22-Save Shutout In Game 7

News: Ben Bishop stopped all 22 shots he faced in Friday's Game 7 win over the Rangers.
Analysis: What an outstanding bounce-back performance from Ben Bishop, who was burned for five goals in Game 6. The 28-year-old has now recorded two Game 7 shutouts this postseason and is a big reason why the Bolts are advancing to the Stanley Cup Finals. While his .920 save percentage isn't mind-blowing, he leads the league with three postseason shutouts and has played more minutes than any other goalie. Whether the Lightning face the Ducks or the Blackhawks, look for Bishop to be a difference maker in the finals.

5/29/2015

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Ben Bishop

Bolts' Bishop Will Start Friday

News: Ben Bishop will be in the crease for Friday's Game 7 against the Rangers.
Analysis: Ben Bishop will look to bounce back from a poor performance in Tuesday's Game 6 in which he allowed five goals on 26 shots before being pulled in the third period. Bishop has been inconsistent throughout the Eastern Conference Finals, but was able to post a shutout performance en route to a victory in Game 5. He'll hope to return to that sort of form in Game 7 of the series.

5/26/2015

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Ben Bishop

Bolts' Bishop Chased In Game 6

News: Ben Bishop gave up five goals on 26 shots before being pulled from Tuesday's Game 6 loss at the hands of the Rangers.
Analysis: He and the Lightning came in with a chance to close the Rangers out and trailed 2-1 after two periods, but were unable to keep it close in the third, giving up three goals in a span of 4:12. Andrei Vasilevskiy delivered competent work in relief, but the Lightning will almost certainly turn back to Ben Bishop for Game 7 at Madison Square Garden on Friday.