Ben Bishop said it has been easy the past few months not to think about his chances of making the U.S. Olympic team. • After all, Bishop, 27, has had enough on his plate establishing himself as the Lightning's No. 1 goalie • But he admits that potentially wearing the red, white and blue in February in Sochi, Russia, likely will be "on my mind quite a bit" next week, when the team will be announced Wednesday at the Winter Classic. • "It'd be a huge honor, something that nobody can take away from you," Bishop said. "It'd be pretty cool to say that you're an Olympian. I'm just trying to play my best right now and make it a hard decision on them." • Bishop has made a strong case for consideration with his play this season. With Steven Stamkos out with a broken leg, suffered Nov. 11 in Boston, Bishop has helped lift the Lightning (23-11-3), winner of five straight, to third place in the Eastern Conference. He is 20-5-2 and ranks among the league leaders in wins (second), goals-against average (1.93, fifth), shutouts (three, tied for first) and save percentage (.935, fifth).

Though Bishop lost his starting job for the U.S. team at the world championships in May and wasn't invited to the U.S. Olympic orientation camp, there typically is an emphasis on who is performing well leading up to the Olympics. Nashville Predators general manager David Poile, who is in charge of the U.S. team, has said Bishop is "absolutely" on his radar.