Goalie nods: After Rask gets shelled by Sharks, B’s go to Gustavsson


Jonas Gustavsson will make his first start in two weeks when the Bruins host the Wild at TD Garden.

Gustavsson’s start comes on the heels of a rough outing from Tuukka Rask — on Tuesday, the Finnish netminder made just 23 saves on 28 shots in a 5-4 loss to the Sharks. The defeat further ballooned Rask’s numbers on the year; all told, he’s now an ugly 5-7-1 with a 3.18 GAA and .890 save percentage.

Gustavsson’s last start came on Nov. 7, when he allowed three goals on 32 shots in a loss to Montreal.

For Minnesota, Devan Dubnyk gets the call in goal.


Martin Jones, riding a three-game winning streak on San Jose’s current road swing, will start in Philadelphia. The Flyers will counter with Steve Mason, who stopped 38 of 40 shots in a strong outing (albeit a shootout loss) against L.A. on Tuesday.

Reto Berra starts again for Colorado, despite getting hooked in his last outing against Toronto. For Pittsburgh, Marc-Andre Fleury is in.

Kari Lehtonen goes for Dallas in Washington; the Caps counter with Braden Holtby.

Mike Smith starts for Arizona, his first since getting shelled for five goals against Columbus last Saturday. The Habs are starting Mike Condon (again), who will look to regain the form show early in his tenure as the club’s No. 1 netminder. He’s given up at least three goals in his last three starts.

— The Blue Jackets will give Curtis McElhinney his first start since Nov. 6 tonight against Ottawa. The Sens will counter with Craig Anderson, who’s been shaky this year with a 3.91 GAA and .890 save percentage.

— Marquee matchup in a rematch of last year’s Eastern Conference Final: Henrik Lundqvist goes for the Rangers, Ben Bishop for the Bolts.

Frederik Andersen, fresh off getting pulled in a recent loss to Nashville, will be back in goal against Florida. The Panthers will go with Roberto Luongo, who’s coming off a brilliant 39-save shutout against Tampa earlier this week.

— Buffalo will stick with the in-form Linus Ullmark in St. Louis, while the Blues will counter with the equally in-form Jake Allen.