Lightning’s Andrei Vasilevskiy returns, to start against Leafs
Thursday’s game (ESPN+, 7:30 p.m. ET) matches the top two teams in the Eastern Conference.
Without Vasilevskiy, who hasn’t played since Nov. 10, Louis Domingue has gone 11-2-0 and has won six straight games for the Atlantic Division-leading Lightning. Edward Pasquale won his only appearance for the Lightning on Dec. 4 as well.
Vasilevskiy, 24, is 9-3-1 with a 2.30 goals-against average in 13 games this season.
“Feels great,” Lightning forward Steven Stamkos said of Vasilevskiy’s return. “He’s been our MVP for a long time. Louis really stepped up, and our guys played great in front of him as well. … We have full belief in any goalie we have, we’re not changing our game just because of that.”