Boston Bruins

Mar 25, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask (40) during the first period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Bruins will once again be without their No. 1 goaltender Thursday, as the injury suffered in last Sunday’s loss to the Devils has lingered enough to keep Tuukka Rask shelved for the second straight contest.

“We thought it was something minor after the Jersey [bump] late in the game, but it’s lingered,” B’s coach Bruce Cassidy said after the morning skate. “Can’t really give you much of an update until he gets back on the ice. He was in [the practice facility] this morning, feeling better, but not well enough to play tonight or practice.”

Bumped in the back twice in the final minutes of the third period of a 1-0 loss Sunday, Rask struggled mightily getting back to the Boston bench for the extra attacker late, with a more than noticeable hunch.

With Rask out, the Bruins will stick with Jaroslav Halak in net for the second straight game.

Halak took a hard-luck shootout performance behind a 26-of-27 performance in the Boston net Tuesday, but stopped all 21 shots faced in his lone 2021 start against the Rangers back on Feb. 12, and comes into action with a 5-2-2 record and .919 save percentage on the year.

He will once again be backed up by Daniel Vladar.

As for Rask, the Bruins will turn the page to Friday before making any calls on Saturday’s crease.

“We’ll see where he’s at [Friday],” said Cassidy.