Goalie Ben Bishop has led the Tampa Bay Lightning onto the ice for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final, indicting he will start.
Bishop missed Game 4 and skipped Friday's practice with an undisclosed injury, but spent 15 minutes on ice during Tampa Bay's morning skate for Game 5.
The Lightning apparently decided the 53-game winner is healthy enough to play against the Chicago Blackhawks. The series is even at two games apiece.
Bishop said he believes "there's progress being made" on the injury. Rookie Andrei Vasilevskiy was on the ice as Bishop's backup after starting Game 4.
Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final isn't the only Chicago-Tampa Bay matchup taking place in Florida on Saturday. Earlier in the day, the Chicago White Sox met the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg.
According to research by the Rays' public relations staff, it's the first time since May 9, 1971, that a city or market has hosted both a Stanley Cup Final game and a major league game between teams from the same cities on the same day.
That day in Montreal, major league baseball's Expos defeated the Chicago Cubs 7-3 at Jarry Parc Stadium, and the Canadiens defeated the Blackhawks 4-2 in Game 3 at the Montreal Forum. The Canadiens went on to win the series in seven games.
Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa is playing in his 193rd playoff game Saturday night, which ties the 36-year-old for 22nd place with Craig MacTavish.
"He's a big part of those reasons that this team is in the finals and has a chance to win here," Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said. "I'm fortunate to coach a guy like him because he really sends the right message to play the right way."
Hossa is second among active players in both playoff points and assists.
"He's just the ultimate hockey player, the ultimate teammate, the ultimate human being," Blackhawks star Patrick Kane said. "He's a special guy. You look at him, he seems ageless. I love having him around the locker room and I love just being his friend and watching him on the ice too. He's definitely a privilege to play with."