Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask will be getting some extra rest in the coming week.
According to NHL Public Relations, Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy will replace Rask at the NHL All-Star Game in St. Louis on Jan. 25.
Rask, who is 17-4-6 on the season with a 2.27 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage, could use the time off as he seems to perform better following stretches without playing.
While the NHL's best compete in the All-Star festivities, Rask will be hitting the reset button and gearing up for what could be another deep run into the postseason. Players who forgo the weekend after being voted in are subject to a one-game suspension, either the game before or following the All-Star Game, according to NHL rules.
Rask spoke to the media around 5 p.m. ET Monday and noted that his decision to forgo the All-Star Game was a "selfish one" and that he not only wants to gear up for the second half of the season but wants to spend time with his family as well.
Tuukka Rask said decision to skip NHL All-Star Game was a "selfish decision" to spent more time with his family and get rested for the second half of the season. Will serve suspension in Bruins' first game after All-Star break pic.twitter.com/hE2V6PlMbW— Adam Kimelman (@NHLAdamK) January 13, 2020
🎥 Tuukka Rask addresses the media in Philadelphia regarding his decision not to attend the 2020 NHL All-Star Weekend: pic.twitter.com/lHAsjXVm2X— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) January 13, 2020