Bishop will start on back-to-back nights.
Bishop allowed one goal on 30 shots in the Stars win over the Canadiens last night. With Kari Lehtonen (personal) out, Bishop will start for the second straight evening. Bishop has won two straight and has stopped 47 of 48 shots (.979 SV%). He makes for a solid option tonight even on zero rest.
Bishop will start Tuesday vs. the Canadiens.
Bishop stopped all 18 shots that he faced after replacing Kari Lehtonen in the Stars 6-3 win over the Stars on Saturday. With Lehtonen leaving the team due to personal reasons, Bishop may start both games of the Stars Tuesday-Wednesday back-to-back. Bishop has had a rough November, but comes into Tuesday at 6-1-0 with a 1.36 GAA and .948 SV% on home-ice this season.
The Stars have recalled Mike McKenna from Texas (AHL).
Mckenna, 34, has gone 5-5-1 with a 3.51 GAA and .871 SV% in 12 games with Texas this season. McKenna will serve as the Stars No.2 netminder with Kari Lehtonen out due to personal reasons. McKenna has appeared in 22 career NHL gams, posting a 3.48 GAA and .889 SV%.
Lehtonen will be away from the team indefinitely due to personal reasons.
There’s no word why Lehtonen is away from the team or how long he will be gone but Mike McKenna has been recalled to serve as Ben Bishop’s backup for the time being.
The Stars have recalled Julius Honka from Texas (AHL).
Honka failed to record a point in eight games with Texas, but has been called back up to the Stars, where he had no points and a minus-4 rating in six games earlier this season. There’s no word whether or not he will replace anyone on the blueline in Tuesday’s game.
Ritchie will draw back into the Stars lineup on Saturday afternoon.
Ritchie has sat for the last two games, but will play today vs. the Oilers. Ritchie has had a slow start to the season, picking up one goal and one assist in 14 games this season, averaging 11:44 TOI/GM. There’s no word on who Ritchie will replace in the Stars lineup.
Lehtonen gets the nod Saturday vs. Edmonton.
Lehtonen allowed three goals on 29 shots in the Stars loss in Florida on Tuesday. With Ben Bishop hitting a rough patch, Lehtonen will get a shot this afternoon vs. the Oilers. The 34-year-old has gone 2-3-1 with a 2.48 GAA and .910 SV% in four starts and two relief appearances this seasons. The Oilers have gone 3-3-2 while averaging just 1.75 goals for per game on the road this season.
Bishop gets the nod Thursday in his return to Tampa Bay.
Bishop allowed five goals on 28 shots in the Stars’ loss in Carolina on Monday. Kari Lehtonen gave him the night off on Tuesday, so they’ll come back to Bishop against his former team tonight. Bishop has lost three of his last four starts while posting a 3.05 GAA and .871 SV%, making him a risky start against the NHL’s highest scoring squad.