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McIntyre Starting, as Bruins Look to Bounce Back

by Caryn Switaj @NHLBruins / Boston Bruins

NEW YORK - Goaltender Zane McIntyre will make his first NHL start between the pipes on Wednesday night against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

That's quite an entrance to make into the NHL, on one of the biggest stages.

"Yeah, I mean, you hear this stuff growing up - obviously a big place to play in and stuff, but I think at the end of the day, it's hockey," McIntyre said pregame on Wednesday.

"I'm playing the same game I loved when I was four years old, so just going out there and enjoying it, and I think it's going to be really special."

Overall, circumstances are not ideal for the Bruins right now. They've been without Tuukka Rask since Oct. 20, which also happens to be the last time they picked up a win.

Anton Khudobin is out for at least three weeks with an upper-body injury.

Rask is listed on Injured Reserve and could be a possibility to return Saturday in Detroit, but that doesn't help them in the immediate feature.

Malcolm Subban made his second career NHL start on Tuesday night against the Minnesota Wild, but the Bruins didn't lend much support in front of him, and he ended the night allowed with three goals in a span of 5:29.

"I'm not here to talk about a goaltender who's in one of his first few games because he let in a couple of bad goals; we were terrible in front of him and we weren't any better and that's the big picture," Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien stressed following the 5-0 loss to Minnesota.

The Bruins may be faced with adversity between the pipes just seven games into the season, but for McIntyre, it's an opportunity, however challenging of an opportunity it might be.

"It's about doing whatever got him to this point; it's about just being himself out there," said Patrice Bergeron. "And we have to do the job in front of him. I don't think there are any secrets to it, it's just about going out there and not putting any extra pressure on his shoulders and for us to do a better job in front of him."

Boston hasn't just faced challenges in net. Up front, David Backes is out at least through the weekend, causing him to miss Wednesday's tilt against the Rangers and Saturday's game in Detroit. Backes underwent the removal of "olecranon bursa" from his elbow on Monday.

"Unfortunately, it's things you can't control," said Julien. "I think it's one of those situations where you've got to find solutions versus finding excuses. That's what we're trying to do right now. We've got to find solutions."

"It's opportunities for people to come in here and help us out," he said. "It's opportunities for your best players to be really good players at that point. So we're working hard here to find the best solution possible. At the end of the day, you're looking for wins and we've got to find a way to win hockey games."

With Backes out, the Bruins recalled Austin Czarnik from the Providence Bruins for the trip.

Warmups will be the best indication of the Bruins' lineup. They'll hit the ice around 7:30 p.m. ET, with puck drop set for 8:00 p.m on NBC Sports Network and 98.5 The Sports Hub.

"I'm honestly going to make some decisions probably after warmup - I really don't want to make decisions this morning, I really want to think it through," said Julien. "Obviously with the number of injuries and scenarios, I want to look at all of them and kind of stretch it out as long as I can."

Morning Skate

The Bruins did not hold a full morning skate at Madison Square Garden. Czarnik, Noel Acciari, Jimmy Hayes and Joe Morrow took part in the skate, with both goalies on the ice. Morrow was the only player to be skated extra, indicating that he could be the scratch on defense. Subban and McIntyre also got in work with Goaltending Coach Bob Essensa and the assistant coaches.

 

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