Here’s something for the Tampa Bay Lightning to consider as they go nowhere.
What if Andrei Vasilevskiy isn’t the future?
Vasilevskiy lost his sixth consecutive start Thursday night as the Bolts fell 2-1 to the San Jose Sharks. With the loss, the Lightning fell to 21-21-5 on the season. Vasilevskiy fell to 10-11-2. He has now given up 24 goals in his last six starts.
Tampa Bay has now lost 12 of its last 14 road games.
For the Bolts, the plan all along was that Vasilevskiy would be the future, and that the team would barter starting goaltender Ben Bishop somewhere along the way. But Vasilevskiy’s recent skid has called all of that into question.
The Sharks got goals from Ryan Carpenter and Logan Couture in the win. The Bolts’ goal came on a highlight-reel power play from Jonathan Drouin.
Still, it was not enough to pull out the win for Tampa Bay, which plays at Arizona Saturday night.