Rask gets the starting nod vs. the Predators

Rask gets the starting nod vs. the Predators

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comNASHVILLE Tuukka Rask stole Tuesday nights game for the Bruins in Columbus against the Blue Jackets, and Claude Julien will go with the hot hand and start Rask again for a second straight time against the Predators at Bridgestone Arena.Rask has won five of his last six starts, and is 6-2 in his last eight starts for the Bruins while his records creeps closer to .500 with a 10-12-1 mark.The game will match Rask against another fine young Finnish goalie in Preds netminder Pekka Rinne, who boasts a 2.09 goals against average and a .929 save percentage this season in Nashville.The lines are as follows:
Paille-Campbell-ThorntonIt appears that Andrew Ference might sit out one more game as he recovers from a lower body injury, and the Bruins will go with a 100 percent healthy Steve Kampfer in the lineup against Nashville.

Haggerty's Morning Skate: NHL teams aren't just making trades for themselves ahead of deadline

Haggerty's Morning Skate: NHL teams aren't just making trades for themselves ahead of deadline

Here are all the hockey links from around the world, and what I’m reading while feeling like Warren Beatty took the sneaky way out by handing that wrong Academy Award card to Faye Dunaway last night. Clearly he knew something was amiss and he let her step into it. Kind of a weasel move if you asked me.

-- An interesting letter from FOH (Friend of Haggs) James Mirtle about the pay wall involving The Athletic sports website in Toronto.

-- Dean Lombardi and the Los Angeles Kings dealing for Ben Bishop is about more than just an insurance policy for Jonathan Quick.

-- FOH Mike Halford has the Minnesota Wild going for it with their trade for Martin Hanzal, but also keeping him from the other teams in the West.

-- NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says the Penguins are in great shape after winning the Cup last spring, and it’s clear they’re in good hands after Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle opted not to sell the franchise.

-- Kyle Quincey is being held out of the lineup in New Jersey because of pending trades, and the wonder is who else in New Jersey might be getting dealt.

-- Gabriel Landeskog and his Colorado Avalanche teammates know the trade deadline is coming. It would certainly be weird if they didn’t.

-- The San Jose Sharks feel fortunate for the timing of their bye week as it was clear that they needed a break.

-- For something completely different: Gronk was busy doing Gronk things at the Daytona 500 over the weekend.