Rask (abdomingroin) could be ready for playoffs

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Rask (abdomingroin) could be ready for playoffs

While Marty Turco and Anton Khudobin have done an admirable job of filling in for Tuukka Rask over the last six weeks, it looks like Bostons backup goaltender might be ready for the playoffs.

Rask strained his groin and abdomen making a save against the New York Islanders back on March 3, and he has missed slightly more than five weeks with an injury expected to keep him out 4-6 weeks. Rask was on the ice skating on his own earlier this week while testing out the healing groin muscles, and Peter Chiarelli indicated the Finnish netminder might be able to serve as Tim Thomas backup Thursday night against the Washington Capitals.

Id characterize Johnny Boychuk and Adam McQuaid as day-to-day in their respective injuries. I think Tuukkas is maybe a little bit more than day-to-day. Hes been pretty aggressive with his rehab, said Chiarelli. I dont have my calendar in front of me but I think he might be bang on with a six-week rehab. Well see how he goes the next couple of days, but we certainly have a capable backup in Anton Khudobin if Rask cant play.

If Rask cant go then it will be Khudobin, who made 44 saves in his first win as a member of the Bruins against the Senators, serving as the backup goaltender. Chiarelli confirmed that Turco will likely stick around the Bruins for the first couple of games of the playoffs, but then will be returning home rather than traveling with the Bruins during their playoff run.

Turco wasnt eligible for playoff duty after signing with the Bruins following the NHL trade deadline, and might even do some analyst work with the NHL Network once his commitment with the Bruins has finished.

Ive discussed it with Marty . . . hes got a couple of things he has to do. He wont be practicing with the team, said Chiarelli. I think hes going to be around until maybe the tail end of the week and then hes going to go home.

Some of this is obviously moot because Thomas is expected to be the guy for every minute of Bostons playoff run, but the ThomasRask tandem may be reunited for the beginning of the postseason.

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: What's going on between Patriots, Butler?

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: What's going on between Patriots, Butler?

0:41 - Tom Curran, Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith discuss what’s going on between the Patriots and Malcolm Butler after Bill Belichick praised Jonathan Jones and Eric Rowe but didn’t have much to say on Butler.

5:39 - John Farrell thinks David Price out of the bullpen can be similar to Andrew Miller with the Indians last year in the playoffs. Our panel on BST break it down.

10:35 - Curran, Holley, Smith, and Phil Perry talk about the NFL ratings being down and why that continues to be.

15:15 - Evan Drellich joins BST after the Red Sox win to explain why Drew Pomeranz could be even more threatening, how good the bullpen actually is, and the offense not driving in runs.

Krug, Forbacka Karlsson suffer upper body injuries vs. Red Wings

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Krug, Forbacka Karlsson suffer upper body injuries vs. Red Wings

BOSTON – The Bruins ended Tuesday night’s preseason home date with another feel-good victory over the Red Wings, but it may have come at a cost.

Both Torey Krug and Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson were injured in the second period of the B’s 4-2 win over the Red Wings at TD Garden, and didn’t return to the game. Krug was hit in the face with a puck in the defensive zone during the second period, and quickly exited the ice with Bruins trainer Don DelNegro after the impact of the puck hitting his face initially took his feet out from under him.  

“[Krug] clearly didn’t finish the game, and took a shot up in the facial area,” said Bruce Cassidy of Krug, who had a couple of shots on net in 9:10 of ice time while largely playing with Charlie McAvoy in an offensive-minded pairing. “We’ll probably have an update tomorrow.”

Forbacka Karlsson took a hard tumble into the end boards in the game’s middle period, and never returned after serving up the primary assist on Danton Heinen’s goal earlier in that very same period. JFK tried to return to Tuesday night’s win over the Red Wings, according to Cassidy, but was kept out of the game with an upper body injury that has his status as questionable moving forward.

“He went into the boards late in the second. He’s day-to-day, upper body. I think wanted to – he did come back and try [to return to the game],” said Cassidy of JFK, who put up an assist and a plus-1 rating in 8:37 of ice time before leaving the game. “I don’t think it’s serious, but I can’t speculate. We’ll get another update tomorrow. It didn’t look good, but I don’t think it’s as bad as it looked. We’ll know more [about JFK] tomorrow.”

It certainly sounds like both Krug and JFK could miss a day or two of practice moving forward after the injury wear-and-tear of preseason action, but the hope is that the Black and Gold won’t be missing a couple of key performers for anything more than that.  

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