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Bruins reward Svedberg with start in goal

Thursday, 01.02.2014 / 12:56 PM

By Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent / 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

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Bruins reward Svedberg with start in goal

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins will star the new year with a new goaltender.

Rookie Niklas Svedberg has been recalled from Providence of the American Hockey League and is scheduled to start against the Nashville Predators on Thursday at TD Garden.

The Bruins' other goaltenders, Tuukka Rask and Chad Johnson, are healthy, but the Bruins wanted to reward Svedberg for his solid play last season and this season with some NHL experience in his second season of North American hockey.

The 24-year-old signed as a free agent out of Sweden in May 2012.

"It's feeling good. Right now I'm just trying to stay calm, focus on the game, what I'm going to do out there," Svedberg said. "That's my only focus right now and we'll see after the game."

The Bruins' lineup also should feature a couple of players that have missed time recently because of injury. Defenseman Dougie Hamilton (lower body) is scheduled to return after missing 10 games and Carl Soderberg (head) should end his two-game absence.

Nashville will counter in goal with Marek Mazanec, who has won his past two decisions.

Here are the projected lineups for the Bruins and Predators:

BRUINS

Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Jarome Iginla

Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Reilly Smith

Carl Soderberg - Ryan Spooner - Matt Fraser

Daniel Paille - Gregory Campbell - Jordan Caron

Zdeno Chara - Johnny Boychuk

Matt Bartkowski - Dougie Hamilton

Torey Krug - Adam McQuaid

Niklas Svedberg

Tuukka Rask

Scratched: Chad Johnson, Kevan Miller

Suspended: Shawn Thornton

Injured: Loui Eriksson (concussion), Chris Kelly (leg)

PREDATORS

Viktor Stalberg - Matt Cullen - Gabriel Bourque

Colin Wilson - Mike Fisher - Patric Hornqvist

Nick Spaling - David Legwand - Craig Smith

Eric Nystrom - Paul Gaustad - Matt Hendricks

Ryan Ellis - Kevin Klein

Shea Weber - Roman Josi

Seth Jones - Mattias Ekholm

Marek Mazanec

Carter Hutton

Scratched: Rich Clune, Victor Bartley

Injured: Pekka Rinne (hip)

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