Player News - Bruins

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Malcolm Subban will backup Tuukka Rask on Saturday night against the LA Kings.

Original Bruins backup Niklas Svedberg, whose played just four times since the beginning of December, is on a conditioning stint in AHL Providence. And with the Bruins in a tight playoff race, it's unlikely this is anything more than an opportunity to expose Subban to the bright lights of the NHL.
Jan 31 - 6:04 PM

Tuukka Rask will face the LA Kings on Saturday night.

Boston comes into the match holding onto the first Wild Card slot by a single point over the NY Rangers. Rask meanwhile owns a 21-11-7 record with 72 goals against through 40 games this season. He's been especially good over the last two months. Going 10-5-6 with 42 goals against in 22 games. Yes, record may not be stellar, but remember all Rask can do is stop the puck and he's averaged fewer than two goals against per game in that time.
Jan 31 - 5:17 PM

Seth Griffith scored two goals and added an assist in Providence's 5-4 win over Worcester Friday night.

Griffith, who was demoted to the AHL when David Pastrnak was summoned to Boston, has been playing excellent hockey for the Baby Bruins. He has scored five goals and registered 11 points in 10 games. If Pastrnak hits the wall, or if one of the Bruin forwards suffer an injury, Griffith will certainly be back in Beantown.
Jan 31 - 9:14 AM

Niklas Svedberg was just average in his first start with Providence in 2015.

He was assigned to the Baby Bruins Friday on a conditioning stint and started Friday night's game against Worcester. Svedberg allowed a goal in the opening minute of the contest but turned away 25 shots--Providence won 5-4. Svedberg may need another start or two to shake off the rust. He had started only one game in Boston in the past three weeks.
Jan 31 - 9:09 AM

Although he has been criticized for his play this season, Loui Eriksson is suprisingly the Bruins' third leading scorer.

He gets a lot of flack because he was the centerpiece in the Tyler Seguin trade, but Eriksson ranks third on the Bruins in scoring with 29 points and is just behind Boston's top forward David Krejci in average ice time per game. After starting the season slowly, Eriksson has been playing much better hockey as of late and that has pleased Boston bench boss Claude Julien. "He's [Eriksson] proven to us that he's very capable of playing in all kinds of situations. He's been a good power-play guy for us and also good on the penalty kill and reliable in those last minutes, so he's a smart player," said Julien. "He had a tough start with this team last year with those concussions. I think it set him back from what we're seeing today. I think we would have seen that last year, had he avoided those situations." If you are in a deep hockey pool and Eriksson has been disgarded, you may want to consider picking him up.
Jan 31 - 9:00 AM

Malcolm Subban will likely not make his NHL debut this week despite being just selected as the AHL Player of the Week.

After Saturday's enounter with the Kings, the Bruins only play once this week-- Wednesday against the Rangers. If Subban is still with the Bruins next weekend, he may get a chance to play but the speculation is that Niklas Svedberg could be back in Boston by then with Subban back in the AHL. Are the Bruins showcasing Subban for a trade? It is possible as Rask is signed to a long-term deal. If that is the case, Subban may well stay in Boston beyond the next week or so. We will keep an eye on this situation.
Jan 31 - 8:43 AM

Look for Tuuka Rask to get the start Saturday night against Los Angeles as it is doubtful the Bruins would turn to newly-promoted Malcolm Subban.

Subban was just recalled from Providence to backup Rask as Niklas Svedberg was dispatched to the AHL for what was called conditioning. Rask is coming off a very strong 43-save win against the Islanders on Thursday. The 27-year-old has picked up his game since the New Year as he has registered at least one point in all but one game, and is a must start in all hockey pool formats.
Jan 31 - 8:32 AM

Malcolm Subban has been called up by the Boston Bruins.

Subban was summoned to serve as Tuukka Rask's understudy while Niklas Svedberg participates in a conditioning stint. It's possible that Subban will end up making his NHL debut during this stint as Boston will play in three games over four days from Feb. 7-10. He has a 2.47 GAA and .921 save percentage in 22 AHL contests.
Jan 30 - 12:30 PM

Niklas Svedberg will report to AHL Providence for a conditioning stint.

Svedberg has only made one start in January and that was on the 8th, so he could use the extra work. Malcolm Subban has been summoned to serve as Tuukka Rask's understudy in the interim.
Jan 30 - 12:28 PM

David Pastrnak was bumped to a line with Carl Soderberg on Thursday to avoid having to play him against John Tavares.

"You could see (Capuano) wanted to put Tavares against Krejci's line," said coach Claude Julien. "Pastrnak was there, a young player, and he wanted to take advantage of that. So I had to tweak those lines early to try and keep him away." As a result, Julien moved Reilly Smith up to play with Krejci and Milan Lucic and Loui Eriksson skated with Patrice Bergeron.
Jan 30 - 8:33 AM

Reilly Smith produced a goal and two assists in Boston's 5-2 win over the New York Islanders.

His 10th goal of the season opened the scoring. Smith also earned an assist on a power-play goal by Patrice Bergeron and he had the primary helper on a marker by defenseman Torey Krug. He played with David Krejci and Milan Lucic for the majority of the match.
Jan 30 - 8:26 AM

Tuukka Rask made 43 saves to lift Boston to a 5-2 victory over the Islanders on Thursday night.

Rask has just one regulation loss in 2015, as the 27-year-old is breaking out of his early season mediocrity in a big way lately. Rask has not allowed more than two goals in his past five games and is 6-1-1 in his past eight games. Overall, Rask is 21-11-7 this season with a .920 save percentage and 2.34 goals against average.
Jan 29 - 10:37 PM

Milan Lucic had a goal and two assists in Thursday night's 5-2 win over the Metropolitan leading Islanders.

Thursday nights are by far Lucic's most productive night of the week. The 26-year-old has 11 points in 11 games on Thursday night's this season and 28 overall in 46 games this season. Lucic will be in tough continuing his production on Saturday night against the Kings, as he has no points through 12 Saturday games this season.
Jan 29 - 10:17 PM

Jordan Caron and Matt Bartkowski will both be healthy scratches against the Islanders on Thursday.

Caron has no points in six games, while Bartkowski has four assists in 20 games. Neither player has any fantasy upside going forward.
Jan 29 - 7:02 PM

Tuukka Rask will get the start against the New York Islanders on Thursday.

Rask vs. Halak will be one of the more intriguing goaltending duels on Thursday night. The Bruins' goaltender hasn't been himself for most of this season, but he and his team have turned things around of late. Rask has a 20-11-7 record with a 2.35 goals-against-average and a .919 save percentage in 39 games.
Jan 29 - 6:35 PM

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