Big Ben Bishop, local kid done good and former Blues Goalie of Tomorrow has turned into the Tampa Bay Lightning's Goalie of Today. He shut out the Carolina Hurricanes last night, winning 3-0 and stopping 31 shots. The Blues skated to a 4-0 victory over the Florida Panthers Friday, with Brian Elliott's shutout bumping him up into a tie with Roman Turek for third overall.
Chances are good someone is eventually going to score tonight, but it'd be surprising if it broke either Elliott or Bishop's streaks. Jaroslav Halak will be getting the start against the Bolts, and chances are good that the Lightning backup Cedrick Desjardins will be getting the start against the out of conference opponent.
The Blues need to keep an eye on the one-two punch that is Martin "Pretty Fly For A Short Guy" St. Louis and Steven Stamkos. That bomb from the circles is a bitch to stop. Stamkos has 10 goals and 19 points this year; St. Louis ahs 7 goals and 9 assists. That combo, plus Bishop, is why the Bolts have nine wins so far this season and are a surprising second place in the Atlantic Division behind the Maple Leafs' 20 points.
Will Alexander Steen score again tonight? Probably, but he won't want to talk about it.
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