Tuukka Rask, who has been day-to-day with a knee injury, is on the Bruins’ current seven-game road-trip. After today’s 3-2 victory over the New York Islanders, head coach Claude Julien said Rask was not only on the road-trip, but on the ice.
“Day-to-day he practiced this morning. So I think he’s pretty close. He might be able to be in the lineup next game.” said Julien. “When we do dress him is because he’ll be ready to play.”
Rask had started in seven-consecutive games in lieu of the struggling Tim Thomas — six games leading up to the Olympic break, and the first game back after in the 4-1 loss against Montreal on Tuesday — before being hurt. The 6′3″ Rask posted a 4-1-2 record over that span including one shutout, a .931 save-percentage, and a goals-against average south of 2.30.
Thomas, however, is making it difficult for Rask to regain that No. 1 spot here in Boston. Backstopping the B’s to back-to-back victories, the reigning Vezina Trophy winner is standing tall between the pipes with through this current 2-0-0 streak. The 35-year-old Thomas has allowed just four goals with an astounding save-percentage of .938 during that span.
Rask may be practicing on this long road-trip, but win-and-you’re-in. I’d presume Thomas gets his third-consecutive start tomorrow against Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Igloo.