Vasilevskiy weeks away from return to Lightning

NHL.com

Andrei Vasilevskiy is still a few weeks from returning to the lineup with the Tampa Bay Lightning after fracturing his left foot during practice on Nov. 14, coach Jon Cooper said Thursday.

Vasilevskiy, a 2018 Vezina Trophy finalist, has missed Tampa Bay's past 11 games. The original recovery time for his injury is 4-6 weeks.

"When he gets skating here soon we'll know a little bit more, but in the end even when he does get on the ice there's still a long process after that," Cooper said. "So we're just inching our way closer."

Backup goalie Louis Domingue has filled in capably in Vasilevskiy's absence. He is 11-4-0 with a .900 save percentage and has won eight of 10 starts since Vasilevskiy's injury. Domingue is expected to play when the Lightning host the Boston Bruins at Amalie Arena on Thursday (7:30 p.m.; TVAS, SUN, NESN, NHL.TV). In the one game Domingue didn't start, Edward Pasquale , a 28-year-old making his NHL debut, got the win when the Lightning defeated the Detroit Red Wings 6-5 in a shootout on Tuesday.

Defenseman Anton Stralman also remains out with an upper-body injury. He has missed the past 13 games and is waiting for another re-evaluation.

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