Bruins 'hope and expect' to get Tuukka Rask in net vs. Lightning

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By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com

The Bruins are hopeful that starting goaltender Tuukka Rask's battle with the unfit-to-play bug is a short one.

Held out of Saturday's practice and ruled out of action prior to Sunday's round-robin contest against the Flyers, Rask could even be back in action for Wednesday's round-robin head-to-head with the Lightning, according to B's coach Bruce Cassidy.

“We expect and hope that [Rask] will be back in the net Wednesday," Cassidy said after Sunday's 4-1 loss to the Flyers when asked for an update on Rask. "My understanding is that he is feeling better.

"Let’s see if he’s on the ice tomorrow. Probably give you a better idea then how he’s feeling, and we’ll go from there."

With Rask out, the Bruins turned to Jaroslav Halak as the club's starter, with the 35-year-old stopping 25-of-29 shots faced in a losing effort opposite the Flyers' Carter Hart. Cassidy was relatively blunt in his assessment that the Bruins could have used an 'extra save' or two from their 1B netminder, but in a disjointed and sluggish game from the 18 skaters in front of Halak, it hardly mattered.

A 2019-20 Vezina Trophy finalist, Rask compiled a a 26-8-6 record and .929 save percentage save in  41 appearances this season. The 33-year-old Rask was also in net for all four of the team's regular-season meetings with the Bolts, posting a 1-2-1 record and .902 save percentage against Boston's top in-division threat.

Overall, Rask has a 50-39 record and .927 save percentage in his postseason career, but remains in search of his first Stanley Cup championship as the Black and Gold's starting netminder.

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