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Malcolm Subban Expected to Join Bruins on Road Trip

by Caryn Switaj / Boston Bruins

CALGARY - Head Coach Claude Julien confirmed following Monday's pregame skate in Calgary that goaltender Malcolm Subban was expected to join the team on their road trip.

"I know that we had planned on calling him up at some point," Julien said. "I don't expect him here tonight [in Calgary], so I guess the rest will be up to management to deal with that."

After Monday's matchup with the Flames at the Scotiabank Saddledome, the Bruins next head to Edmonton to face the Oilers on Wednesday night, before wrapping up the 11-day trip against St. Louis and Chicago.

"I don't expect him here tonight, but I know we were talking about calling him up, so I'm not denying it, I'm just saying - I haven't talked to Peter yet today," Julien said, when asked if Subban would be joining them in Edmonton.

Backup goaltender Niklas Svedberg took part in Monday's pregame skate along with Tuukka Rask.

What does Subban being called up mean for Svedberg?

"Nothing," Julien said. "I think we went through that with our goaltender last year, with Chad Johnson, and he still remained our No. 2 goaltender."

"All it is - is No. 1, it's competition, No. 2, it's an opportunity. You know, Malcolm was with us for the week there, so we didn't get a chance to play him. Maybe after a week and going back, he gets that opportunity."

Subban received his first NHL recall back on Jan. 30, and spent 10 days with the team before being assigned to Providence. He did not get a chance to make his NHL debut.

Svedberg spent the time on a conditioning loan with the P-Bruins, suiting up in four games, going 3-1-0 with a 2.76 goals-against average and .911 save percentage. He has appeared in 12 games for Boston this season, accruing a 5-5-0 record (two shutouts) with a 2.22 goals-against average and .922 save percentage.

During the 2013-14 season, with Johnson serving as Rask's backup, Svedberg made his first NHL start on Jan. 2 against Nashville. It was the only game with Boston he suited up in all season.

It appears Subban could get that same opportunity on this road trip. After the week (Jan. 30 - Feb. 9) spent practicing hard with Boston, and taking everything in, Julien wouldn't mind seeing the 21-year-old netminder in action.

"Well, I'm sure. If we're bringing him back, and which is what we had talked about, at some point bringing him back, it's probably to give him an opportunity here along the way," said Julien.

A couple of days before Subban was sent back down to Providence, he had spoken about what he was taking from the experience up with the big club.

"Just being around the guys, seeing how professional they are, their work ethic on and off the ice, just learning how to be more of a pro - I've definitely learned a lot of things this week," he had said.

"It helps to see that, and it motivates you to try and be better and trying to stop everyone in practice, obviously it's harder here - the execution, shot accuracy all that stuff, they do it a lot faster up here, but you know, I want to make every save and that's what I'm trying to do."

"So, just keep working towards that, and just keep working hard, and waiting for my opportunities, that's the most important thing right now."

The P-Bruins had a game against the Manchester Monarchs on Monday afternoon, and Jeremy Smith was between the pipes, with Strength and Conditioning Coach Paul Kenny dressing as the backup goalie.

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