BUFFALO It looks like it will be Bruins backup goaltender Anton Khudobin for a second straight time at the First Niagara Center against the Buffalo Sabres after he was the winning goaltender here last weekend.
The 26-year-old Khudobin made 25 saves in a 3-1 win over the Sabres last Sunday night, and is 2-0-0 with a 2.00 goals against average and a .931 save percentage for the Bruins this season. Tuukka Rask is coming off arguably his worst performance of the season as he allowed a pair of weak goals in a midweek shootout loss to the Rangers, but its more likely that Khudobins strong game against the Sabres factored into the decision. Khudobin was the first goalie off the ice at morning skate, which usually denotes the goaltender getting that nights call from coach Claude Julien.
My goaltender tonight will be European, said a smirking Julien, in a hint that was really no help at all to the media following morning skate. Thats something, right?
The rest of the forward lines and defensemen pairings looked to be the same as they were against New York with Jay Pandolfo and Aaron Johnson as the extra skaters: