BOSTON -- Tuukka Rask was the first goaltender off the ice for the Bruins during Tuesdays morning skate, and should be between the pipes for the Bs against the Carolina Hurricanes at TD Garden tonight. Rask is 0-1-0 this season after a hard luck 1-0 loss to the Colorado Avalanche, but has a .972 save percentage and 1.02 goals against average headed into his second start of the season.
The goaltending partnership between Rask and Tim Thomas has developed as expected thus far this season: the Bruins are third in the league thus far with a .942 save percentage and fourth in the NHL with a 1.80 goals against average.
Coach Claude Julien continued to maintain that its about the Bruins worrying about themselves and finding their own game rather than what the Hurricanes can bring to the table against them in their home-and-home rematch.
Right now the state of our team is about how were going to play, said Julien. Right now were not in a position to worry about the other team. Instead its exactly about what we have to do to go out there and be a better team. In Chicago we thought about the process we had to go through to have success, and it came around. We have to keep doing that until we find our game and feel confident about it.
Until then were a work in progress right now.
With the Bruins work in progress efforts continuing tonight as they begin a stretch with 10 out of 12 games at TD Garden, here are the expected lines for tonight after Tuesdays morning skate:
Tomas Kaberle informed reporters after the Tuesday morning skate that Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli gave the former Bruins defenseman his Stanley Cup ring this morning in Boston.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while amazed, and alarmed, at any politician that would ever duck a town hall-style meeting with their constituents.
*Patrick Eaves had a close encounter of the hairy kind with the mighty Chewbacca during a recent visit to Disney. Let’s just say Eaves, Brent Burns and Chewie could all be from the same family tree.
*Good, long read on junior hockey scoring star Alex Debrincat, who Bruins fans will remember that Boston passed over to draft Trent Frederic at the end of the first round last summer. He’s scoring at the kind of levels that say he might be something special at the next level. Just saying.
*Wayne Gretzky jumps on the Florida Panthers telecast to chat about Jaromir Jagr, and jokes about what he’ll do if Jagr ever gets close to his NHL all-time scoring title.
*Pierre Lebrun has a list of NHL defensemen that are in demand ahead of the trade deadline, and it’s a fairly underwhelming list aside from Kevin Shattenkirk.
*If you’re looking for some good Blackhawks talk then you should check out the Blackhawks Talk podcast over at CSN Chicago.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Bob McKenzie dropped into the NBCSN studios again this past week to chat about the NHL tweaking the bye weeks moving forward after watching them play out this season.
*People getting concerned about turning budding personal NHL rivalries into another “Ovechkin vs. Crosby” is perhaps the dumbest NHL hot take I’ve ever heard. The Ovechkin/Crosby rivalry was perfectly good and anything to draw attention to the NHL and its players is also good. This is the kind of thing said by somebody that I’m sure gets more super-excited by a bar graph showing a player’s effectiveness rather than watching what they’re actually doing on the ice.
*For something completely different: A really interesting look from a random date that Carrie Fisher took to the 1978 Oscars while palling around with the young, new stars of Hollywood.