Vasilevskiy will make his fourth start of the season when the Lightning play the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center on Wednesday. The 20-year-old Russian was recalled by the Lightning on Tuesday from Syracuse of the American Hockey League. Evgeni Nabokov will be the backup and Ben Bishop will be scratched.
"It's a tough stretch down the road, as we know," Lightning associate coach Rick Bowness said. "We're lucky to have [Nabokov] with us and we're lucky to have this kid [Vasilevskiy], who's come up and played so very well for us in the three games that he played. It's an easy game for him to come in terms of commute. It's not a long day of travel for him."
Vasilevskiy is 2-1-0 with a .940 save percentage in his three games. He set a Lightning rookie record with 45 saves against the New York Islanders on Dec. 20.