Ben Bishop is an option to start for the Dallas Stars against the Calgary Flames in Game 2 of the Western Conference First Round at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Thursday (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, FS-SW).
“He had a good practice today,” Stars coach Rick Bowness said Wednesday. “So a good practice today, a morning skate tomorrow, and he should be ready to go.”
Calgary, the No. 6 seed in the West, leads the best-of-7 series 1-0 after a 3-2 victory against No. 3-seeded Dallas in Edmonton, the hub city for the West, on Tuesday. Anton Khudobin started for the Stars and made 23 saves.
Bishop played one game during the round-robin portion of the Stanley Cup Qualifiers, allowing four goals on 32 shots in a 5-3 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights on Aug. 3. He was 21-16-4 with a 2.50 goals-against average, a .920 save percentage and two shutouts in 44 games (43 starts) during the regular season.
Stars defenseman Stephen Johns did not practice Wednesday. He did not return for the third period of Game 1 after playing 10:02 in the first and second.
“Stephen is unfit to play at this point,” Bowness said. “I think we’ll just leave it, out of respect to him, we’ll just leave that right where that is. And Taylor Fedun, if Stephen is unfit to play tomorrow, then Taylor Fedun will go in. He’s played with us all year. He’s given us a lot of good minutes being in and out of the lineup. So if [Fedun] plays, we have full confidence in his ability to step in and help us.”
Fedun scored nine points (two goals, seven assists) and was plus-3 in 27 regular-season games.