Rask getting the start vs. Kings


Rask getting the start vs. Kings

Both goaltenders shuffled off the ice with the rest of the Bruins team following morning skate, but Claude Julien went to the rare trouble of naming Tuukka Rask as his starting goaltender against the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night.

Rask was solid in relief of Tim Thomas with 11 saves in the third period of Saturdays win over the Blue Jackets a game many believed the young Finnish netminder would be starting anyway had the team not been dropped into a two-game losing streak. It doesnt hurt that Rask also boasts a .956 save percentage while allowing only three goals in three games during the month of December.

Combine his strong play with the fact Thomas has routinely owned the Ottawa Senators through his career, and has been particularly dominant at Scotiabank Place. Thomas is 20-8 with a 1.95 goals against average and a .936 save percentage along with six shutouts in 30 career games and Scotiabank place is the setting where Thomas has put together the most road wins (9) and shutouts (3) in his Bruins career.

That made it a fairly easy decision for Julien to tap Rask for the home game against the Western Conference opponent that just gassed their head coach, and leave Thomas for the divisional foe he routinely dominates.

Tuukka is in tonight and my goal obviously is use Timmy in there tomorrow, said Julien. Timmy has always played some great games in Ottawa, and it was a situation where we felt it was the right thing to do.

With Rask between the pipes, here is the rest of the expected lineup for the Bruins:




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


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


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.