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(Update: Bruce Cassidy confirmed on Thursday that Rask avoided a setback and will return in goal against the Islanders.)

Ever since their 8-1 loss to the Washington Capitals on Sunday night, things have been trending up for the Boston Bruins. They acquired Taylor Hall in one of the biggest deals of the NHL trade deadline, then beat the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday.

Wednesday afternoon, the good news continued for the B’s. Following practice, head coach Bruce Cassidy told reporters that “assuming no setbacks,” Rask will be in net Thursday when the Bruins host the Islanders.

Rask hasn’t played a full game in over a month as he’s dealt with a back injury. His last wire-to-wire performance came on March 7. He initially returned from the injury on March 25, but only made it through one period before having to be pulled from the game.

Before getting hurt, Rask started 15 games for the Bruins this season. He posted an 8-4-2 record with a 90.7 save percentage and 2.40 goals against average.

In addition to playing without Rask, the Bruins have also been without backup goaltender Jaroslav Halak, who has been in COVID protocols since April 3. Without their top two goalies, the Bruins have relied on rookies Jeremy Swayman and Dan Vladar, going 3-2-1 with them in net. Vladar practiced with the Providence Bruins on Wednesday, meaning he will likely be the one sent down to make room for Rask on the roster, with Swayman staying on as the backup until Halak returns.

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