A concussion will keep Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask out of action through Tuesday against the Jets at the very least, as confirmed Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy and the team placing the veteran goaltender on injured reserve retroactive to Jan. 19.
Injured in a collision with Rangers forward Filip Chytil in the club's pre-bye finale, the confirmation from Cassidy comes after the 31-year-old Rask was absent from the on-ice portion of Monday's practice at Warrior Ice Arena.
The concussion is the second Rask has suffered since Oct. 2017, but the Bruins are not worried that the injury is going to derail Rask's season. Not even close, actually, as the Bruins seem more than hopeful that they'll get their No. 1 goaltender, who has 14 wins and a .919 save percentage in 25 decisions this season, back on the ice at tomorrow's morning skate.
“I don’t think it’s long-term," Cassidy said. "Hopefully he gets on the ice [Tuesday].
"That’s kind of the plan. If he’s on the ice tomorrow, then [playing] Thursday becomes a possibility.”
With Rask out on Tuesday, though, it will be Jaroslav Halak that gets the call against a Jets squad that's scored the eighth-most goals in the league and comes to Boston with wins in seven of their last 10 games. Halak has struggled of late, too, with wins in just one of his last five appearances, and with an .869 save percentage over that span.
Zane McIntyre, recalled on an emergency basis and with a 16-8-0 record and .887 save percentage for the P-Bruins this season, will serve as Halak's backup.