Rask getting the call vs. Blue Jackets

Rask getting the call vs. Blue Jackets
October 12, 2013, 1:30 pm
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COLUMBUS – The Bruins will have Tuukka Rask in the pipes for his fourth start in four games to start the year when they take on the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena in their first road game of the year.

Rask is 2-1 with a 1.00 goals against average and .966 save percentage and has been among the best B’s players thus far this season, but he’ll likely be going up against some stiff competition in reigning Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky. The former Flyers netminder comes into Saturday afternoon’s matinee with a 2-1 record along with a 2.28 goals against average and a .920 save percentage.

Claude Julien said he isn’t quite at a stage yet where he’s thought much about a start for backup netminder Chad Johnson, so that would speak to Rask also getting the nod in Monday afternoon’s game against the Detroit Red Wings back home at TD Garden.

“The games are spread out right now,” said Julien. “I did have a conversation with Chad where I said ‘listen, just stay ready because the day is going to come when we call on you.’ It’s just the way the schedule is right now.”

To Julien’s point, there is really no reason to call Johnson’s No. 30 right now with Rask playing like an early Vezina Trophy candidate little more than a week into the new NHL season.