Goalie nods: Rask faces Andersen in crucial Bruins-Leafs tilt
Plenty at stake tonight at the ACC so, unsurprisingly, both the Bruins and Leafs are rolling with their No. 1s.
Tuukka Rask will get the call for Boston, his first action since getting yanked after allowing five goals on 17 shots in a loss to Edmonton on Thursday. Getting Rask out of the Oilers game might’ve been more precautionary than anything -- it’s believed head coach Bruce Cassidy will go with the Finnish ‘tender both tonight and tomorrow, when the B’s host the Sens at TD Garden.
As playing Rask in back-to-backs would suggest, points are at a premium right now. Boston heads into tonight’s action just three points up on the Leafs for third in the Atlantic Division.
Speaking of the Leafs, they’ll stick with Frederik Andersen after a solid effort on Saturday -- the Dane allowed two goals on 39 shots in a OT loss to the ‘Hawks, continuing his recent run of fine play. Andersen has been great in March, posting a 1.99 GAA and .940 save percentage, and tonight will look to remain undefeated against the Bruins this season (he’s 3-0-0).
-- Robin Lehner returns as Buffalo’s starter after sitting out Friday night. He’ll be up against Petr Mrazek, who gets another shot in goal for the host Red Wings after Jimmy Howard played over the weekend.
-- Pekka Rinne, who got a rest on Saturday (Juuse Saros got the call), will be in net when the Preds host the Coyotes in Nashville. No word yet on an Arizona starter.
-- The Sharks have given backup Aaron Dell a bunch of work down the stretch, and that trend continues tonight in Dallas. The Stars will counter with Kari Lehtonen, who was yanked against San Jose earlier this month after giving up three goals on eight shots.
-- Ever the workhorse, Cam Talbot will make yet another start after posting a 33-save shutout against Vancouver on Saturday. No word yet on who starts for the visiting Kings, after Jonathan Quick got the hook in last night’s loss to Calgary.