When it was announced that Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask would be a late scratch for the team’s Saturday night contest against the rival Montreal Canadiens, it was expected that he’d be good to go for tonight’s game against the Detroit Red Wings. After all, Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy classified Rask’s injury as “minor” and said that he just wanted to give his goalie a few extra days to rest ahead. Well.. flash forward those three days and it looks like Rask still isn’t healthy enough to play.
Cassidy updated media and fans on Rask’s condition yesterday and it looks like nothing has really changed. Rask will sit, once again, for the Bruins’ game tonight as he deals with a lingering lower-body issue.
"Nursing a minor injury ... we'll keep an eye on that one," said Cassidy after yesterday’s practice. "Not having skated now for three days, doesn't look like he'll be able to go tomorrow ... probably wants to get in a little work before he goes back in the net."
It’s expected that backup Anthon Khudobin will get the start in goal tonight against the Red Wings, but it remains to be seen whether or not Rask is deemed healthy enough to sit on the bench as the team’s backup option. If not, expect Bruins general manager Don Sweeney to call up Zane McIntyre from the AHL’s Providence Bruins.
In 42 games with the Bruins this season, the 30-year-old Rask has a stellar 26 wins, 2.28 goals against average and a .919 save percentage.