The goaltending rotation will keep on rotating Saturday night at TD Garden, as the Bruins will go back to Linus Ullmark for their rematch with the undefeated Panthers.
The decision turn back to Ullmark comes after Ullmark surrendered three goals on 26 shots in Wednesday’s head-to-head with the Panthers, and with Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy subtly mentioning the need for a stop with the Panthers’ Sergei Bobrovsky doing the damn thing at the other end of the rink.
“When Bobrvoksy is doing what he’s doing, you gotta almost match him punch-for-punch,” Cassidy said after Wednesday’s loss in Sunrise. “You wanna see that first stop in the first period. There’s a lot of hockey left, but that gives them a bit of life, right? There can’t be one of those every game type of things.
“That’s where I want to see Linus make the saves you’re supposed to and then when it’s crunch time, do what you have to do to win.”
The good news for Ullmark and the Bruins is that he won’t be expected to ‘match’ Bobrovsky on Saturday night, as the Panthers are expected to turn to Spencer Knight. The 20-year-old Knight is 2-0-0 with a .923 save percentage this season.
Turning to Ullmark also means that the 28-year-old will ‘win’ the month of October from a net-sharing standpoint, with four starts compared to three for Jeremy Swayman. The 22-year-old Swayman has lost two straight, and dropped Thursday’s meeting with the Hurricanes in tough fashion, with two goals allowed on 23 shots but with both goals bouncing off a Boston defender and through Swayman.
Overall, Ullmark is 2-1-0 with a .920 save percentage while Swayman is 1-2-0 with an .893 save percentage.
This will be the second of three head-to-heads between the Bruins and Panthers this season, and first of two at TD Garden.
The Bruins and Panthers will also honor the late Jimmy Hayes before Saturday’s game.
In addition to a moment of silence, each team will also wear special jerseys during warm-ups that read ‘HAYESY’ and ‘BROADWAY’, two nicknames that Hayes was called by his teammates, friends and families.
Both sets of jerseys will be available for auction via the Boston Bruins and Florida Panthers’ Foundations with the funds benefitting a charity to be determined by the Hayes family, Bruins and Panthers, with fans able to bid on the jerseys at www.BruinsAuctions.org and www.FlaPanthers.givesmart.com.
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