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Thomas, Lundqvist get the starting nods

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Thomas, Lundqvist get the starting nods

BOSTON -- Tim Thomas and Henrik Lundqvist both led the Bruins and Rangers onto the ice respectively for pregame skate and will get the starts in an Eastern Conference heavyweight battle.

Thomas is 4-7-3 with a 2.69 goals against average and .911 save percentage while Lundqvist is 17-5-2 with a 1.51 goals against average and a .947 save percentage with five shutouts in 24 career games vs. the Bs. Looks like a bit of a mismatch on paper. The Bs projected lines are:

Marchand-Bergeron-Seguin
Lucic-Kelly-Peverley
Pouliot-Krejci-Caron
Paille-Campbell-Thornton

Chara-Boychuk
Seidenberg-Corvo
Ference-Seidenberg

Thomas
Rask

Survey: Tatum likely to have best career of incoming NBA rookies

Survey: Tatum likely to have best career of incoming NBA rookies

BOSTON -- Danny Ainge has maintained that if the Celtics had held onto the No. 1 pick in last June’s draft instead of trading down two spots, he still would have made Jayson Tatum his choice.
 
That confidence that Tatum will be an impact player in this league is clear in the recent NBA.com rookie survey, which was released Tuesday morning.
 
While Dallas’ Dennis Smith Jr. was voted as the most likely Rookie of the Year, Tatum and Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball were tied with 18.4 percent of the votes, as the players who would have the best careers from this NBA rookie class.
 
The survey was compiled earlier this month at Panini’s NBA Rookie Shoot in Tarrytown, N.Y., and consisted of questions being asked of 39 rookies.
 
Tatum, selected by Boston with the No. 3 overall pick, did not finish in the top five in any other categories.
 
However, he was among those players to receive some votes for Rookie of the Year; biggest steal of the draft, and best playmaker.