Both goaltenders shuffled off the ice with the rest of the Bruins team following morning skate, but Claude Julien went to the rare trouble of naming Tuukka Rask as his starting goaltender against the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night.
Rask was solid in relief of Tim Thomas with 11 saves in the third period of Saturdays win over the Blue Jackets a game many believed the young Finnish netminder would be starting anyway had the team not been dropped into a two-game losing streak. It doesnt hurt that Rask also boasts a .956 save percentage while allowing only three goals in three games during the month of December.
Combine his strong play with the fact Thomas has routinely owned the Ottawa Senators through his career, and has been particularly dominant at Scotiabank Place. Thomas is 20-8 with a 1.95 goals against average and a .936 save percentage along with six shutouts in 30 career games and Scotiabank place is the setting where Thomas has put together the most road wins (9) and shutouts (3) in his Bruins career.
That made it a fairly easy decision for Julien to tap Rask for the home game against the Western Conference opponent that just gassed their head coach, and leave Thomas for the divisional foe he routinely dominates.
Tuukka is in tonight and my goal obviously is use Timmy in there tomorrow, said Julien. Timmy has always played some great games in Ottawa, and it was a situation where we felt it was the right thing to do.
With Rask between the pipes, here is the rest of the expected lineup for the Bruins: