BOSTON -- It was an optional skate for the Boston Bruins coming off Saturday afternoon’s comeback win against the Tampa Bay Lightning, but nonetheless many of the B’s players were out on the TD Garden ice for morning skate.
Tuukka Rask was the first goaltender off the ice indicating that he’ll get the call against the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday night, and he’ll be looking to build on a personal five-game winning streak. Rask is among the NHL league leaders with an 11-1-2 record to go along with a 1.82 goals against average and a .933 save percentage.
The Bruins victory over the Habs at the Bell Centre last month was one of Rask’s best efforts of the season as he made 20 saves while keeping Boston in a game they eventually came back to win by a 2-1 score. Otherwise, Claude Julien was mum about his Sunday night lineup and would only indicate that it will be a game-time decision after the pregame warm-up. It’s only safe to assume Julien will put out the same lineup on Sunday night that he featured on Saturday afternoon, so Shawn Thornton may be in line for his second straight healthy scratch.
Here are the expected line combinations and defensemen pairings: