Boston Bruins

For the fifth time in their last seven games, Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy is giving “backup” goalie Jaroslav Halak the net. This time against the NHL-best Nashville Predators on Saturday night at Bridgestone Arena.

If only because the 33-year-old Halak has forced his hand with some utterly fantastic play between the pipes. In addition to nabbing points in all six of his starts in a Boston uniform by way of a 4-0-2 record, Halak enters the weekend with the best save percentage (.947) and best goals against average (1.51) in all of the National Hockey League.

Again, Halak is absolutely forcing his coach’s hand.

“Once we went away from the original script, then you’ve got to sort of go reset it all,” Cassidy admitted of his crease rotation. “Usually that script changes for two reasons: an injury or performance.

“In this case, we believed Jaro’s performance has earned him the right to have more starts.”

But the third-season B’s coach made it a point to say this is more about Halak’s success than Tuukka Rask’s failures.

“It’s more about [Halak’s] performance than Tuukka, to be honest with you,” Casssidy offered. “He’s played really well, he’s gotten points every time he’s been in the net. Gotta ride the hot hand.”

Halak has 14 wins and a .927 save percentage in 23 career games against the Preds.