Peverley out, Rask in vs. Islanders


Peverley out, Rask in vs. Islanders

BOSTON -- The Bruins will get a bit of a different look tonight against the New York Islanders, and theyll also get another chance to lift Tuukka Rask out of the winless morass in which hes been in three different instances already this season. Claude Julien confirmed that Rask will get the start, looking to improve on his 0-3-0 record and 2.71 goals against average, and that his hockey club has played like a bunch of lollygaggers in those three Rask outings.

Some would point to Rasks below-his-standard .906 save percentage to start the season, but thats also better than Carey Price, Roberto Luongo, Ilya Bryzgalov and Jonas Hiller, among others, to start this season.

"Its unfortunate his record doesnt indicate the way hes played. For the most part weve failed in front of him and everybody knows it," said Julien. "There are games where we havent given him much help and havent played well in front of him either. Hes got an opportunity to win his first game tonight, and its up to all of us Rask included to continue playing the way we have lately."

Rich Peverley will miss tonights game with a "minor undisclosed injury" that has caused him to miss practices, and suit up for a Saturday night performance against the Maple Leafs that included a pitch-perfect pass to Tyler Seguin for a power play goal in the first period.
"He needs a few more days," said Julien. "You saw he played in the last game, but its not getting any better. So were going to give him a few more days."

Peverleys absence means that Benoit Pouliot should be back in the lineup after missing the last three games with an illness followed by some strong performances from Jordan Caron that kept him on the sidelines.

Here are the expected lines for tonights game:




Pastrnak suspended two games for hit on Rangers' Girardi


Pastrnak suspended two games for hit on Rangers' Girardi

Bruins forward David Pastrnak has been suspended for two games by the NHL for an illegal check to the head of New York Rangers' Dan Girardi in Boston’s 5-2 loss on Wednesday night in New York.

Click on the link in the tweet below for a video of the hit and the NHL Department of Player Safety's explanation of the suspension.

Pastrnak, 20, had his hearing with the Department of Player Safety on Friday. It's his first suspension. 

The Bruins next two games are Saturday in Detroit and Tuesday in Florida. Pastrnak has a team-leading five goals and has eight points, second on the team to Brad Marchand (10). 

The hit came when Girardi reached up to catch a puck in the neutral zone 10:55 into the second period and Pastrnak came in hard and sent his left shoulder into Girardi’s chin. Pastrnak received a two-minute penalty for an illegal check to the head.

Girardi left the game as part of the NHL concussion protocol, but later returned.


Rask returns to Bruins practice, will travel to Detroit

Rask returns to Bruins practice, will travel to Detroit

BRIGHTON, Mass. – The Bruins welcomed back Tuukka Rask to the Warrior Ice Arena practice sheet on Friday morning after he took more than a week off the ice after re-aggravating his lower body injury in last week’s win over the Devils. 

Rask took part in 3-on-3 battle drills for a large chunk of the practice while backups Zane McIntyre and Malcolm Subban, both still with the team, practiced at the other end of the ice for most of the session. 

It remains to be seen if Rask can go against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night, while troubled early in the season by the reported hamstring/groin issues, but the Finnish netminder was clearly practicing like he was going to play in Motown and Claude Julien said Rask is making the three-game trip. 

Julien said that Rask is feeling “good enough to at least backup right now.” That might pave the way for Rask to perhaps back up McIntyre on Saturday night, then step back in against divisional opponents at Florida on Tuesday and at Tampa Bay on Thursday. 

“[Rask] practiced today, and he’s coming on the trip. So we’ll see,” said Julien, who indicated that a goaltender [most likely Malcolm Subban] would be headed back to Providence. “He’s feeling good, so we’ll go day-by-day. He practiced well today and if he’s good tomorrow then there are no issues there. He looked good to me today, so we’ll make that decision. We’ve gone this far with him, so we’re going to make sure we make the right decision, and not the reckless one.”

It’s just as clear they desperately need him back given the shaky state of their defense after allowing a ghoulish 11 goals in their past two losses to the Minnesota Wild and New York Rangers. 

David Backes was still missing from the practice ice while recovering from his elbow procedure, so Claude Julien was again mixing and matching the lines amid a three-game losing streak. 

Here are the line combos and D-pairings from practice: 









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