Unbeknownst to head coach Claude Julien, backup goaltender Anton Khudobin revealed to the media on Friday afternoon that he’d be getting the start in the Saturday afternoon matinee against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
So it was no surprise when the No. 1 goaltender of Kazakhstan led the Bruins onto the ice for pregame warm-ups looking to build on a 2-1 record, .905 save percentage and a 2.69 goals against average. That leaves Sunday night’s showdown at TD Garden against the Montreal Canadiens as a game Tuukka Rask will bring his own personal five game winning streak into while locked up against Carey Price.
Meanwhile Mathieu Garon will be getting the starting nod for the Bolts in a battle of back-up goaltenders, and has struggled a bit with results while sporting a 2-6 record, .914 save percentage and 2.83 goals against average this season.
As far as the Bruins lineup goes, it’s not often you see a team mess with a lineup that’s given them a five-game winning streak but the B’s have scratched enforcer Shawn Thornton in favor of Jay Pandolfo on the fourth line: