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'Really good chance' Lightning G Vasilevskiy returns in coming games

Andrei Vasilevskiy Andrei Vasilevskiy - The Canadian Press

The return of Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy may be just days away.

Lightning head coach Jon Cooper said Wednesday “there’s a really good chance” Vasilevskiy will play on the team's upcoming road trip, which starts Friday in Carolina and runs through Tuesday in Arizona. 

Vasilevskiy underwent back surgery to address a lumbar disc herniation in late September and was initially ruled out for the first two months of the season.

The 29-year-old played 60 games last season, posting a 34-22-4 record with a 2.65 goals-against-average and .915 save percentage.

The Tyumen, Russia native has started 415 games with the Lightning in his career, going 263-123-28 with a 2.52 GAA and .919 save percentage.

Vasilevskiy was originally selected 19th overall by the club in the 2012 NHL Draft.