Rask gets the starting nod vs. Isles

Rask gets the starting nod vs. Isles

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comUNIONDALE, N.Y. Tuukka Rask was the first goaltender onto the ice for the Bruins during pregame warm-ups, and will get the start vs. the lowly New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.Rask is 5-11-1 on the season with a .912 save percentage and a 2.89 goals against average, and will be getting his first playing time since getting yanked from a 6-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings more than a week ago. Rask has lost three out of four games for the Bruins after seemingly righting the ship, and Nathan Lawson will get the starting nod for the Isles in between the pipes.Mark Stuart is the healthy scratch for the Bruins after playing and performing well for the B'sin their last two losses. Claude Julien hinted that there might be an injury keeping players out of the lineup, but Stuart hasn't missed any practices or morning skates since last playing Tuesday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Bruins assign Noel Acciari to Providence

Bruins assign Noel Acciari to Providence

After sitting out the last month with a lower body injury, Bruins fourth liner Noel Acciari has been assigned to Providence presumably to get up to speed after missing a considerable length of time. It also means that Acciari has likely been cleared medically to play after appearing in B's practice over the last few days after missing the last 14 games. 

The 24-year-old former Providence College standout has appeared in 12 games with the Bruins this season after breaking camp with the team, and recorded two assists for two points with four penalty minutes and a plus-one rating before suffering a lower body injury.

By all accounts Acciari was a good energy player on a surprisingly good fourth line to start the season, wasn’t afraid to throw around his body for impactful hits and was having plenty of success aggravating opponents into losing their cool and taking penalties. Fellow rookie forward Anton Blidh has stepped in and played a similar role on the fourth line over the last couple of games for the Black and Gold, so that gives the Bruins plenty of time to get Acciari back up to speed at the AHL level without their fourth line’s level of play dropping in the meantime.

The Acciari demotion to Providence does mean that the Bruins head into Washington with 12 forwards, so it should again be Blidh, Dominic Moore and Jimmy Hayes as the fourth line barring any last minute wrinkles from Claude Julien.