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Rask Ready to Go, as Bruins Host Red Wings

by Caryn Switaj @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - Tuukka Rask should be ready to go for Tuesday night's game against the Detroit Red Wings at TD Garden.

 

Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. EST (NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub).

 

Rask left Sunday's game in Pittsburgh during the second period with migraine and vision issues.

"We've got good news so far, so it's nice to see him feeling better after the migraines and hopefully we won't see much more of that," said Head Coach Claude Julien.

 

Rask skated on Tuesday morning at Warrior Ice Arena after missing Monday's practice while he was being evaluated by doctors. 

 

"Just wanted to make sure it wasn't related to that puck I got in the neck," said Rask, who had a scare a couple of weeks ago, when he took a puck in the throat area. 

 

When Rask spoke with media on Tuesday morning, he deemed himself ready for game action. He was hopeful that the migraines would not come back.

 

"There's nothing you can really do, except sleep properly and eat and drink properly I guess is the only thing you can do," said Rask. "Because you don't know what causes it, but my guess is that the schedule has been so busy, that you know, lack of sleep will dehydrate you, so that's the best guess that I can give, but nobody really knows how to prevent it or what causes it. Just try to be as rested and hydrated as possible."

 

Attention on Red Wings

 

Simply put, the Bruins need a win.

 

They don't want to focus on their four straight losses, or the fact that the last time they faced the Wings, they let a 4-1 lead slip away. 

 

"We don't look back anymore. We look forward," said Julien. 

 

"[We have to] respect our game plan, execute it well, and that normally helps you quite a bit," he said. "And right now, we were a little bit all over the place, especially last game, so that's what we addressed yesterday and moving forward."

 

Pregame Skate

 

The Bruins did not hold a full pregame skate on Tuesday morning after they had a full practice on Monday. Eight players hit the ice for a skate, including Rask. All other players were given the morning off the ice. 

 

Practice Lines From Jan. 23

 

Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - David Pastrnak

Frank Vatrano - David Krejci - David Backes

Matt Beleskey - Riley Nash - Tim Schaller

Ryan Spooner - Dominic Moore - Austin Czarnik - Jimmy Hayes

 

Defensemen: Zdeno Chara, Brandon Carlo, Adam McQuaid, Joe Morrow, John-Michael Liles, Colin Miller, Kevan Miller

 

Torey Krug did not practice on Monday (maintenance). Tuukka Rask did not practice on Monday, but said after Tuesday's skate that he was ready to go for Tuesday night. 

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