One of the Boston Bruins
' main objectives for their final three games of the regular season, now that they're locked in as the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference, is to get rest for some of their key performers.
Maybe no one on the roster is more important than goaltender Tim Thomas
, and tonight Thomas' rest begins. Bruins coach Claude Julien
said after his team's morning skate that Marty Turco
will start in net against Pittsburgh at the TD Garden tonight. Anton Khudobin
, who was recalled Monday from Providence of the American Hockey League, will serve as the backup.
Julien also confirmed that Thomas would play again before the season is out.
"Certainly, we're going to give him some rest. He's done a great job for us down the stretch and this is an opportunity to give him some rest," Julien said. "But at the same time, we’re going to continue to work with him so he's fine-tuned for the playoffs."
Turco is not eligible to play in the postseason because he signed with the Bruins after the trade deadline. So depending on the status of Tuukka Rask
's recovery from an abdominal injury he's been working his way back from since early last month, Khudobin might have to be Thomas' postseason backup. That means the Bruins will probably try to get Khudobin some playing time before the season is done.
The Bruins will make a couple lineup changes tonight as well. Up front, Jordan Caron
is out with the flu and Gregory Campbell
should be back after missing one game with a lower-body injury.
On defense, rookie Torey Krug
is scheduled to make his NHL debut. Krug signed as a free agent with Boston last month after his season was through at Michigan State.
Here's a look at the Bruins' projected lineup:
- David Krejci
- Rich Peverley
- Patrice Bergeron
- Tyler Seguin
- Chris Kelly
- Brian Rolston
- Gregory Campbell
- Shawn Thornton
- Dennis Seidenberg
- Johnny Boychuk
- Greg Zanon