On Monday, now former-starting goalie for the Boston Bruins, Anton Khudobin, became the latest member of the black and gold to go down with an injury. Khudobin reportedly skated over to the Boston bench at the new Warrior Ice Arena, where trainers were looking at his right arm, specifically his wrist. Khudobin left practice and did not return. Today, we have learned that Khudobin will miss as much as three weeks with an upper body injury. On the season, Khudobin was 0-2-0 with a .849 save percentage and a 4.10 goals-against average.
In the past couple of days, the Bruins have recalled Providence goaltenders Malcolm Subban and Zane McIntyre on emergency call-ups. In four games for Providence, Subban has a .846 save percentage and a 4.50 goals-against average, while being pulled twice. If you recall, Subban started in net on February 20, 2015, where he was pulled in the first minute of the second period after allowing three goals on six shots against the St. Louis Blues. In three starts this season, McIntyre is 1-0-0 and leads the AHL in goals against average at 0.44 and save percentage at .977. McIntyre was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award during the 2014-15 season, but has not taken the necessary steps yet to become a NHL goalie.
To make matters worse, the air of uncertainty surrounding franchise goalie Tuukka Rask is growing by the day. Rask was able to suit up in the season-opener on October 13, but then sat on the bench in the next game due to "general soreness." The team labeled this as a "maintenance day" for the franchise goalie. Rask went on to play the next two games, but has not been seen since defeating the New Jersey Devils 2-1 on October 20. On the season, Rask is 3-0-0 with a .947 save percentage and a 1.67 goals-against average. Sure, Rask's numbers are good; however, this is a small sample size and the most important stat regardless of the sport is games played. If Rask cannot stay on the ice, he should not be payed as one of the best goalies in the NHL.
As you can probably tell, the Bruins are in a lot of trouble if Tuukka Rask cannot return sooner rather than later. While head coach Claude Julien has stated that he is concerned about Rask, everyone else is. The Bruins have one of the worst defensive cores in the entire NHL, and having an AHL goalie in net certainly does not help. Expectations for the Bruins are at least making the playoffs with a relatively deep playoff run. If Rask does not return for a couple weeks, the Bruins will not make the playoffs. The benchmark for making the playoffs is being in the playoffs at U.S. Thanksgiving.
The Bruins have one month to win hockey games, and they will have to do that without Tuukka Rask for at least tonight's game. Malcolm Subban is expected to be in net.