Goalie nods: Khudobin makes second start in as many months
Back on Dec. 23, Anton Khudobin stopped 20 of 23 shots in Boston’s 3-2 OT loss to his former team, the Hurricanes.
Since then, he’s had exactly one start.
That came back on Feb. 11 -- a 4-3 win over the Canucks -- and tonight, Khudobin get another look as the B’s play the second of a California back-to-back in L.A.
Tuukka Rask played and lost last night in Anaheim, allowing four goals on 25 shots, so it’s little surprise Boston’s making a switch. Rask has been one of the NHL’s busiest netminders this season -- starting 48 games, tied for fourth-most in the league -- and there have been concerns about potential fatigue.
The problem, of course, is that neither Khudobin or AHLer Zane MacIntyre have earned much trust. Former head coach Claude Julien didn’t have faith either could provide consistency, and Bruce Cassidy appears to be of the same mind. Cassidy has started Rask in four of five games since taking over from Julien behind the bench.
On this note, we should mention GM Don Sweeney did say the B’s could add a goalie at the deadline.
For the Kings, Peter Budaj is in goal.
-- Carey Price, who’s played well in his last two games (58 stops on 62 shots, a .936 save percentage), gets the call as Montreal hosts the Isles. Thomas Greiss is in net for the visitors.
-- The streaking Henrik Lundqvist gets a big test tonight, as the Rangers take on the high-flying Leafs in Toronto. Frederik Andersen will be in goal for the Buds, after allowing four goals on 20 shots in a OT win over Winnipeg on Tuesday.
-- It’s Brian Elliott versus Ben Bishop as the Flames take on the Bolts in Tampa.
-- Pekka Rinne appears ready to start in Nashville, after allowing four goals on 13 shots (and getting pulled) in Tuesday’s loss to Calgary. No word yet on an Avs starter, but Calvin Pickard has started four straight.
-- Mike Smith is playing well lately, have won four of five while posting a .936 save percentage, so he’ll draw back in tonight in Chicago. The ‘Hawks are countering with Corey Crawford, who has won five of his last six.