NHL on NBCSN: Bruins need a rookie goalie to step up against Rangers
NBCSN will continue its coverage of the 2016-17 campaign tonight when the New York Rangers host the Boston Bruins at 8:00 p.m. ET. If you want to watch the game online, you can do so here.
The Boston Bruins have been without starting goalie Tuukka Rask (lower body) for two games now and things haven’t gone well.
When Rask is between the pipes, Boston is 3-0-0, but when he’s not, they’re 0-3-0.
They dropped Saturday night’s game to the Montreal Canadiens with Anton Khudobin in goal and with him on the shelf too, the Bruins were dismantled 5-0 by the Minnesota Wild last night.
The Bruins turned to former first rounder Malcolm Subban yesterday and he lasted a little more than 30 minutes before being pulled for Zane McIntyre.
“There are some goals -- I’m not going to lie -- there are some goals that we thought our goaltenders should have had,” head coach Claude Julien said after the loss to Minnesota, per CSN New England.
But Julien wasn’t willing to pin it all on his rookie goalies.
"[I’m] not here to talk about a goaltender -- who’s in one of his first few games -- because he let in a couple of bad goals,” added Julien. “We were terrible in front of him . . . and that’s the big picture. That’s more important.”
Still, Subban has made two starts in his NHL career and has been pulled both times. He’s allowed six goals on just 22 shots during his two brief stints in the league.
As a result, Julien will turn to McIntyre against New York.
For the first time this season, the Rangers have strung together back-to-back wins.
They’re dealing with some injuries of their own, as Chris Kreider and Pavel Buchnevich are both out for this one.
Kreider, who has seven points in five games this season, will miss his second consecutive game because of a neck injury, while Buchnevich remains on IR with back pain.
Unlike the Bruins, the Rangers have no question marks in their crease right now.
Henrik Lundqvist will make his fourth consecutive start tonight. The 34-year-old has allowed two goals per game in each of his last three outings. That doesn’t exactly bode well for a Bruins team that’s scored four goals in their last three contests.