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Boston facing questions in goal
Here’s the latest out of Bruins camp prior to tonight’s game against New Jersey: Tuukka Rask has fallen ill, head coach Claude Julien won’t say if backup Niklas Svedberg will get the start and, just a short while ago, the club made an emergency recall, bringing up Jeremy Smith from AHL Providence.
Smith, 25, got the call ahead of Malcolm Subban, the highly-touted prospect that struggled in his NHL debut against the Blues last week. A veteran of the American League circuit, Smith is 14-8-4 with Providence this year, posting a 2.08 GAA and .931 save percentage. He’s previously spent time in the Columbus and Nashville organizations, but has yet to make his NHL debut.
If we had to guess, Svedberg will get the start tonight — he was the only goalie present at this morning’s skate. For the Devils, Cory Schneider will be in goal.
Flames at Isles: Karri Ramo vs. Jaroslav Halak
Caps at ‘Canes: Braden Holtby vs. Anton Khudobin
‘Hawks at Bolts: (No word on a Chicago starter) vs. Ben Bishop
Avs at Stars: Semyon Varlamov vs. Kari Lehtonen
Kings at Ducks: (No word on a Kings starter) vs. John Gibson
A 5-2 loss to the Montreal Canadiens left Blues coach Ken Hitchcock fuming Tuesday night in St. Louis.
“What we’re doing is not paying any respect to checking,” he said, per the Post-Dispatch. “We’re not paying any respect to defense, to managing the puck, to managing the proper way to play. I don’t care what the shots on goal are. When you give up as many odd-man rushes as we gave up in the last two games, we’re showing no respect for what matters in the National Hockey League at this time.”
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For the Blues, it was their third loss in four home games. On top of that, their only win in that stretch was the one over Malcolm Subban and the Bruins, when St. Louis managed just 15 shots.
Hitchcock’s frustration is understandable given the playoffs are approaching and the Blues have lost their last three series under his watch, failing to advance past the first round the last two seasons. History suggests another postseason disappointment could mean his job.
It’s also worth noting that the Blues are on a first-round collision course with the Blackhawks, who could reportedly be without Patrick Kane for the beginning of the postseason.
The Blues begin a five-game road trip Thursday in Winnipeg.
The Boston Bruins, losers of six in a row, will not have David Krejci for their Sunday tilt against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Krejci left Friday’s loss against the St. Louis Blues during the second period and did not return. The extent of his injury isn’t exactly known right now, with the Bruins on the road. But head coach Claude Julien confirmed the 28-year-old center will not be in the lineup.
“We won’t know the severity of his injury until we get back home,” said Julien on Saturday.
The Bruins also reassigned goalie Malcolm Subban to the American Hockey League, as per Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe.
Subban was pulled in his NHL debut Friday, after allowing three goals on just six shots. The former first-round pick was critical of his play afterward.
“It’s not the game I wanted it to be for the team,” said Subban, as per CSNNE.com. “Obviously I need to look at the game, and the stuff I did wrong. I was way too deep on all three goals regardless of how they went in – tip, screen, knuckle-puck, whatever – I’ve got to challenge more. If it was the AHL I would have been out more, and maybe those don’t go in.”
“Whether it’s nerves or whatever it is, there are no excuses. You’ve got to stop the puck. I was way too deep on all three goals, and I didn’t give myself a chance to make the saves.”