Tuukka Rask G BOS 14 Hrs
Niklas Svedberg was the first goalie off the ice at Saturday's morning skate, indicating Rask will not receive the start later in the evening against the Blue Jackets, Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe reports.
Coach Claude Julien has leaned heavily on Rask in December, so he'll allow the netminder to get a little bit of an extended rest here on the heels of the Bruins' three-day break for Christmas. Svedberg hasn't officially been confirmed as the starter for Saturday's game just yet, but Rask's fantasy owners should prepare to have another option ready in goal in any case.
Tuukka Rask G BOS 4 Days
Rask allowed three goals on 25 shots Tuesday against Nashville, but came away with a 5-3 victory.
Rask's won his last two starts despite posting sub-.900 save marks in both. We're still waiting for him to, well, look like Tuukka Rask again. The Finnish netminder has been off his game all year long, with only occasional flashes of his usual brilliance, and the return of Zdeno Chara to the lineup has not magically fixed things.
Tuukka Rask G BOS 4 Days
Rask led the Bruins on the ice for pregame warmups and will thus make the start Tuesday against the Predators, Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe reports.
He should be the favorite to come away with the victory on his own home ice, especially with the Predators rolling their backup goalie in Carter Hutton. Rask has shown improved play of late, but still sits on a rather bland 13-10-3 record, 2.52 GAA and .913 save percentage over 26 outings this season.
Tuukka Rask G BOS 5 Days
Rask is expected to start in goal Tuesday against the Predators.
Rask started Sunday against Buffalo and allowed three goals in a 4-3 overtime victory. The 27-year-old has been solid of late, allowing three or fewer goals in each of his last six outings.
Tuukka Rask G BOS 6 Days
Rask made 25 saves on 28 shots in Sunday's 4-3 win over the Sabres.
The Bruins offense has been struggling recently, so despite solid play in net Rask entered Sunday's game with four straight losses. While his numbers are down from last season, with a 2.52 GAA and .913 save percentage to go with a 13-10-3 record, the 27-year-old is still one of the better options out there and should benefit when the offense in front of him starts to produce.
Tuukka Rask G BOS 6 Days
Rask will be in net for Sunday's game against the Sabres, Joe McDonald of ESPN reports.
Rask will be looking for his 13th win of the season against the Sabres on Sunday. He enters the game with a save percentage of .914 to go along with the 2.50 goals that he allows per game.
Tuukka Rask G BOS 7 Days
Rask was the first goalie off the ice at morning skate, making him the likely netminder Sunday against the Sabres, Mike Loftus of the Patriot Ledger reports.
Rask will receive his second consecutive start in net, with a day off before the Bruins' next game Tuesday. He stopped 25 of the 27 shots he faced against the Jets on Friday, and will have a good matchup in the Sabres on Sunday.
Tuukka Rask G BOS 8 Days
Rask stopped 25 of 27 shots but it wouldn't be enough as the Bruins lost 2-1 to the Jets on Friday.
Considered one of the best fantasy backstoppers heading into this season, Rask has now earned just a single victory in his last seven starts. Last year's Vezina Trophy winner has managed just 12 w's so far in 2013-14 -- a far cry from his 36 wins of last season -- but it hasn't all been his fault, as the loss of David Krejci to a groin injury for most of the season and Jarome Iginla to free agency has left the B's lacking in the offense department. Nonetheless, Rask is a must-start nearly every time he takes the ice, as Boston is bound to start clicking offensively, spelling more wins for the Finn.
Tuukka Rask G BOS 9 Days
Rask will be in the crease for the Bruins on Friday in Winnipeg, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports.
Since Rask received the night off in the Bruins' last game Wednesday against the Wild, he'll slot back into the net in search of putting an end to his three-game losing streak. He's been a victim of some poor offensive support in the last two games of that stretch, as he's stopped 67-of-71 shots (.943 save percentage) in shootout defeats to the Senators and Predators. He'll oppose the Jets' Michael Hutchinson in Friday's tilt.
Tuukka Rask G BOS 11 Days
Rask made 38 saves on 40 shots Tuesday against the Predators, but allowed the lone shootout goal to take the loss.
Rask and fellow Finn Pekka Rinne dueled impressively in this one, with Rinne ultimately proving a notch better in the shootout. Rask has now lost three straight and seven of his last nine, and though a lot of those losses haven't been his fault, he largely hasn't been his usual dominant self. He's currently on pace for his worst GAA since 2010-11 and the worst save percentage of his career (with the exception of a four-game cup of coffee in 2007-08).