Bruins recall Khudobin, need him to be much better


The Boston Bruins have recalled goalie Anton Khudobin from his AHL conditioning assignment. He’ll be available to play tonight at TD Garden, where the Bruins will host the Calgary Flames.

It remains to be seen who will get the start in Boston’s net. Tuukka Rask played last night in Ottawa, stopping 23 of 26 shots in a 3-1 loss. If Rask goes again tonight, it will be his third start in four days. He also played Tuesday against St. Louis.

Unfortunately for the Bruins, Khudobin’s AHL stint was not all that encouraging, as he allowed 11 goals in three games for Providence, with an .874 save percentage. Prior to the assignment, he’d started twice for the NHL club, losing both while allowing eight goals and compiling an .849 save percentage.

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The Bruins would obviously like Khudobin to be much better. They signed the 30-year-old to a two-year, $2.4 million contract in free agency, with the expectation he would prove superior to Jonas Gustavsson in the backup role.

The Bruins have already used four different starting goalies this season. One of the four, Zane McIntyre, has been assigned to the ECHL. The other, Malcolm Subban, remains in the AHL.

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