Ben Bishop Sidelined For At Least Two Weeks
Dallas Stars goaltender Ben Bishop has been ruled out for at least two weeks with a lower-body injury, sustained during Sunday’s 4-2 loss to Winnipeg Jets.
Making just his second appearance for the Stars since returning from another lower-body injury, which kept him out of the line-up for 10-games, Bishop appeared to hurt his left knee just over ten minutes into the first period, leaving the game immediately with backup Kari Lehtonen replacing him.
It is unclear whether the injury Bishop sustained on Sunday is related to his previous problem, but Dallas will look to re-evaluate the 31-year-old in two weeks.
This means Bishop’s earliest possible return date would be against San Jose on April 3rd, with the former Blues, Senators, Lightning and Kings goaltender likely to miss at least six games.
Lehtonen is likely to assume the bulk of work in Bishop’s absence, with Stars General Manager Jim Nill announcing that veteran puck stopper Mike McKenna has been recalled from the club’s AHL affiliate in Texas to support the Finn.
34-year-old Lehtonen, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, boasts a .913 save percentage and 2.46 goals-against average in 29 appearances this season.
In comparison, Bishop, a third round pick (84th overall) for the St. Louis Blues in 2005, has posted a 26-17-5 record so far this season, with a .916 save percentage and 2.49 goals-against average.
The Denver, CO native joined the Stars as an unrestricted free agent last summer, signing a 6-year, $29.5 million deal with the franchise.
The injury could not have come at a worse time for the Stars, who dropped out of the playoff places as a result of Sunday’s loss to the Jets, extending their record in their last ten games to an unimpressive 2-4-4.
Dallas is currently tied on points (84) with Los Angeles, but have played a game more than the Kings, and have St. Louis hot on their tail, with Metropolitan Division leaders Washington their next opponents on Tuesday.