Tampa Bay Lightning's Ben Bishop Must Prove Himself

By John Raffel
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Ben Bishop is the main reason why the rest of the NHL should fear the Tampa Bay Lightning for the entire 2013-14 season.

An excellent goalie is going to mean a dangerous hockey team on almost any level, but especially the NHL playoffs, which are several several months off. Bishop continues to play so well that it would almost seem unfair to expect him to get any better.

He has no choice but to get better. There are plenty of excellent goalies in the NHL, and Bishop needs to keep proving he’s one of them if the Lightning are going to have a productive season. In a 2-1 shootout win over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday, Bishop had 29 saves in helping the Lightning improve to 19-10-3. He improved his own record to 16-5-2. In his first full season with the Lightning, Bishop has a .931 saves percentage and 2.05 goals against average. It’s his first full-time season as a goalie in the NHL and Bishop just needs to show that his outstanding start for Tampa Bay isn’t a fluke. He hasn’t had a goals against average that low on any level in nine years. He’s consistently coming up big for Tampa Bay and the Lightning, as a result, are giving indication they could be a factor in the Stanley Cup title chase a few months from now.

But it’s still a long season and the test for Bishop is how long he can stay at this level despite his youth. The Lightning are letting him determine their fortunes so far.


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