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Bruins going with Rask, not Khudobin, vs. Jets

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Bruins going with Rask, not Khudobin, vs. Jets

UPDATE: Julien said that Rask will start today's game in goal against the Jets.

Logic would dictate that Monday afternoon will be the day when the goaltending rotation officially gets started. After Tuukka Rask got things off to a solid start with a 20-save effort in Saturday nights 3-1 victory over the New York Rangers in Bostons home opener, the stage could be set for Anton Khudobin to follow suit with his debut in a Martin Luther King Day matinee against the Winnipeg Jets.

It would make sense for Claude Julien to get the Kazakhstan native into an NHL game sooner rather than later, and the Bruins play seven games in the 13 days on the January schedule during a busy opening. Khudobin was okay in the KHL while playing for a bad team, but did show off his potential in a 44-save effort against the Ottawa Senators at the end of last season.

The expectation is that Rask will play somewhere between 30-35 games in the shortened 48-game schedule and that would leave anywhere from 13-18 games for Khudobin as the backup. But that will be dictated by performance and whether Khudobin thrives while proving to everybody hes a bona fide NHL goaltender after proving himself at the AHL level.

But the Bruins arent ready to map anything out more than on a week-to-week basis.

We have to feel our way through this as we move along here. We know well see both goalies, said Claude Julien. Im trying to in constant communication because weve been put in such an unpredictable situation, and that goes for the team and for the individuals.

You never knowa plan can go out the window as soon as theres an injury. You can spend a lot of time planning that stuff. Im more of a week-to-week situation when it comes to looking at the schedule and planning ahead. It also depends on the goaltenders play as well. Its a lot of wasted energy to say out of 48 games that Tuukka will play 30 and the other goalie will play 18 games. What if it doesnt happen that way?

So nobody will know the starting goaltender until the team takes the ice at 12:30 pm unless Julien goes the unconventional for him anyway route of naming his goaltender prior to pregame skate.

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Jayson Tatum vs. Markelle Fultz debate

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Jayson Tatum vs. Markelle Fultz debate

0:41 - Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith give their reactions on the Celtics getting their first win of the season and a comparison between Isaiah Thomas and Kyrie Irving in the 4th quarter.

7:17 - Phil Perry joins BST to break down the tale of the tape between the Falcons and the Patriots as he breaks down the quarterbacks, offense, defense, coaching, and intangibles between the two teams.

11:57 - Our crew on BST discuss number 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz and number 3 overall pick Jayson Tatum going up against each other and debate who seems like the better pick so far. 

16:35 - In this segment of Irrelevant Questions, Tom Curran interviews Patriots WR Phillip Dorsett as he asks him a bunch of random questions. 

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ALCS: Verlander, Astros beat Yankees 7-1 to force Game 7

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ALCS: Verlander, Astros beat Yankees 7-1 to force Game 7

HOUSTON -  Justin Verlander remained perfect with Houston, pitching seven shutout innings when the team needed him most, and Jose Altuve homered and drove in three runs as the Astros extended the AL Championship Series to a decisive Game 7 with a 7-1 win over the New York Yankees on Friday night.

Acquired in an Aug. 31 trade, Verlander has won all nine outings with the Astros. And with his new club facing elimination in Game 6 against the Yankees, he delivered again.

After striking out 13 in a complete-game victory in Game 2, Verlander threw another gem. The right-hander scattered five hits and struck out eight to improve to 9-0 with 67 strikeouts since being traded from Detroit. George Springer helped him out of a jam in the seventh, leaping to make a catch at the center-field wall and rob Todd Frazier of extra bases with two on and Houston up 3-0.

Game 7 is Saturday night in Houston, with the winner advancing to the World Series against the NL champion Los Angeles Dodgers.

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