BOSTON - The Bruins will be without both their starting and backup goaltender when they take the ice this evening against the Minnesota Wild and top-six stalwart David Backes has been ruled out with an undisclosed ailment.
Despite missing those vital pieces to the puzzle, however, the Bruins are not looking to chane their game plan for tonight's tilt at TD Garden.
"You shouldn't do that," said Bruins coach Claude Julien. "When you put a system together, you believe in it and you go out and you play your game. You don't adjust to other teams. Adjusting to injuries is not quite what we're looking for…what we're looking for is a solid performance from our team and I think that will trump any injury that we have.
"It's always about respecting what the other team has, but feeling confident that your game can beat theirs no matter who you have in the lineup."
With Tuukka Rask remaining day-to-day and Anton Khudobin now on the shelf with an upper-body injury that will keep him sidelined for approximately three weeks, Malcolm Subban will get the start between the pipes against the Wild.
Zane McIntyre was recalled from Providence on an emergency basis for the second time in four days and will be Subban's backup.
It will be just the second NHL game for Subban, who allowed three goals in a start against St. Louis two years ago.
"Ready to go, had a good morning skate this morning, so feeling good," said the 22-year-old former first-round pick. "Just not overthinking it. Just play my game and be relaxed in net, that's the biggest thing.
"I want to get off on the right foot here - so does the team. We want to get on a roll here."
McQuaid Back on the Blue Line
Julien said defenseman Adam McQuaid is "ready to go" for tonight's game. McQuaid has missed the first five games of the season with an upper-body injury.
McQuaid skated alongside Torey Krug during the morning skate. The two played together for much of last season and that familiarity will go along way in easing his transition back to game action.
"Regardless of who's on the left side, I've played with everybody," said McQuaid. "I'm fortunate in that way to have a little bit of experience with those guys, all solid partners.
"Probably will lean on them a little bit and lots of communication. Just trying to keep a simple game."
O'Gara Assigned to Providence
Rookie blue liner Rob O'Gara was assigned to Providence Tuesday morning. The 23-year-old played in the first three games of the season, before sitting out the last two as a healthy scratch.
The Yale product did not register a point, but was a plus-1 while averaging 16 minutes of ice time.
Julien was pleased with the play of O'Gara, who he expects to see him in Boston again in the not so distant future.
"He's good. I think he makes good passes when he has time. I think we want him to work on [being] under pressure, being a little bit stronger on his feet, being able to make better plays," said Julien.
"But he's real close - and when I say he's real close, you can see him back here any time. I have no issues with Rob O'Gara. I think being a young player he has to play, so when we can play him I have no issues with him in our lineup.
"I think he brings a lot, just needs some more playing time and if he's not playing here we have to give it to him somewhere else."
Julien said Backes, who has two goals and two assists through five games, would not play against Minnesota. The ailment is "minor" and he is "day-to-day," according to Julien, who did not yet know if the veteran would travel with the team to New York for tomorrow's contest against the Rangers.
Morning Skate Rushes
Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - David Pastrnak
Matt Beleskey - David Krejci - Danton Heinen
Dominic Moore - Ryan Spooner - Jimmy Hayes
Tim Schaller - Riley Nash - Noel Acciari
Zdeno Chara - Brandon Carlo
Torey Krug - Adam McQuaid
John-Michael Liles - Colin Miller
Video: Subban in net, Backes out vs. Wild