October 10th, 2011 by

Tuukka to get nod vs Avs

(S. Babineau/Getty) Tuukka Rask will get his first start of the season this afternoon against the Colorado Avalanche

BOSTON — Good afternoon from the TD Garden where the Bruins welcome the visiting Colorado Avalanche for a Columbus Day matinée.

Just a couple of notes to pass along from Claude Julien’s pregame press conference. Goaltender Tuukka Rask will get the nod over Tim Thomas for his first start of the season.

Rask, who took the job from Thomas after his injury plagued 2009-10 season, felt victim to a sophomore slump last season going 11-14-4 in 29 games with a 2.67 goals against average and a .918 save percentage. Obviously with Thomas carrying the load throughout the playoffs, Tuukka will be seeing more starts as a result.

Also, Jordan Caron will replace Benoit Pouliot in the lineup, while defenseman Steven Kampfer is getting closer to returning to the lineup.

Here’s some audio from Claude’s pregame presser moments ago 10_10_11 12_02 PM

The Bruins just took the ice for warmups. Lineups to come shortly…

(Updated 12:40)

Bruins lines

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Rich Peverley
Jordan Caron-Chris Kelly-Tyler Seguin
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Joe Corvo
Andrew Ference-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Tim Thomas

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