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Anton Khudobin

Boston has been the land of opportunity for goalies this season


The Boston Bruins will have another new face in goal this evening when Anton Khudobin makes his Bruins debut. Khudobin, 25, will be the fourth goalie Boston has used this season, joining the likes of Tim Thomas, Tuukka Rask and Marty Turco.

Of all those goalies, Turco is the one Khudobin best relates to.

Turco, 36, was out of the league when the Bruins signed him to replace the injured Rask in March. Prior to joining Boston, he’d been playing in the Austrian league after failing to secure an NHL contract following a one-year stint in Chicago.

All told, Turco went almost an entire calendar year between NHL starts.

That’s something Khudobin can relate to. His last NHL start came with Minnesota in Jan. 2011 — a 4-1 win over Edmonton — and his career has been a whirlwind ever since. After the Oilers win, he was sent back Minnesota’s AHL affiliate in Houston, then traded to Boston at the deadline and dispatched to AHL Providence, where he played well.

That strong finish in Providence paved the way for an emergency recall in last year’s playoffs, where he was included on the Bruins’ team picture and awarded a Stanley Cup ring.

Fast forward to today, where Khubodin will finally play for the Bruins. Needless to say, he’s stoked.

“It’s a great feeling. It’s always fun to play at this level. I’ve been waiting for this opportunity,” said Khudobin, who returned from a wrist injury in March. “We’ll see what happens before the game, but I’m sure there will be some butterflies there. It’s my first NHL start in a couple of years.

“But at the same time I’m ready to play and I’m pretty excited.”

There’s a possibility Khudobin could play an even bigger role in this year’s playoffs. With Rask still hurt and Turco postseason ineligible, there’s a strong chance Khudobin will be Thomas’ No. 2 when the playoffs start on Apr. 11.

PHT Morning Skate: Theo goes from friend to foe

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

The Florida Panthers’ morning skate might just change things, but George Richards reports that Jose Theodore looks primed to start for the Cats, who could clinch a playoff spot and the Southeast Division title with a point or more. If that isn’t juicy enough, note that Theo is just two seasons removed from being a Washington Capitals goalie – the team he’s facing tonight. (On Frozen Pond)

Vincent Damphousse backhanded the Montreal Canadiens’ GM job chase off of his to-do list. (The Canadian Press)

Meanwhile, the Habs are contacting other possible general manager candidates, such as Sidney Crosby’s agent Pat Brisson. (TSN)

After watching another shaky outing from Marty Turco, the Boston Bruins might as well shuffle out the scrubs in net, right? Feel free to discuss Antonin Khudobin’s status as a scrub or not in the comments, as Barbara Matson reports that he might be the next guy to get a start in their goalie roulette. (Bruins blog)

Dale Hunter hopes that the Capitals took a little lesson from the Buffalo Sabres’ desperate game-tying goal from Tuesday. (CSNWashington.com)

Mike Bossy said that he “sees a little of himself” in Steven Stamkos. I’m guessing it has something to do with scoring buckets of goals. (Montreal Gazette)

The Hockey News’ Ryan Kennedy believes that a high draft pick and a plentiful war chest of money for a serviceable goalie – Tomas Vokoun, anyone? – gives the Toronto Maple Leafs some reason for optimism in the future. (The Hockey News via Puck Daddy)

Douglas Murray is chomping at the bit to return for the San Jose Sharks. (CSNBayArea.com)

Jeremy Roenick believes that the Vancouver Canucks have quietly become the cream of the crop in the Western Conference. (The Word According to JR)

Tim Thomas won’t dress tonight for Boston

Tim Thomas

Two weeks ago, Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien told reporters he’d like to get Tim Thomas some rest.

Well, mission accomplished.

According to CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty, the Bruins won’t dress Thomas for Tuesday’s game against Pittsburgh. It’s a rather abrupt decision — Haggerty had written Thomas would “most likely” rest after the Penguins game — especially since it comes against Pittsburgh, an elite Eastern Conference team.

On Sunday, Thomas got the nod against another Eastern elite in the Rangers and stopped 33 of 34 shots for a 2-1 victory, one that clinched Boston’s third straight Northeast Division title.

(Of note, Julien said Thomas will play again before the season is over. “He’s not being shut down, if that’s what you’re asking,” he told reporters.)

This paves the way for Anton Khudobin to make his regular-season debut at some point this week. The 25-year-old Russian has spent the entire year with AHL Providence but, given the injury to Tuukka Rask and Marty Turco’s postseason ineligibility, could be Thomas’ backup when the playoffs begin on Apr. 11.

If that’s the case, no surprise Boston wants to get him some game action down the stretch. Khudobin has gone 21-19-3 in 44 games with a 2.61 GAA and .919 save percentage in Providence, but missed a large portion of March with a wrist injury.

Other notes

— Haggerty tweeted that it “appears” Turco will start vs. Pittsburgh.

— Jimmy Murphy of ESPN Boston reports forward Gregory Campbell will be back in the lineup tonight.