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Bruins unsure on goaltender for Tuesday vs. Wild

Tuukka Rask unavailable, Anton Khudobin injured during practice, Malcolm Subban recalled

by Matt Kalman / Correspondent

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins aren't sure who will be in goal when they play the Minnesota Wild at TD Garden on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; NESN, FS-N, FS-WI, NHL.TV).

The Bruins called up Malcolm Subban from Providence of the American Hockey League on Monday and he was on the ice for practice at Warrior Ice Arena. Tuukka Rask again was unavailable to practice, and Anton Khudobin left the ice to have his right hand or wrist examined by the training staff before the start of practice.

Without a second goaltender, the Bruins used a shooter tutor in the other net.

"I have no update on [Khudobin]. I have not heard," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "Obviously he got injured and couldn't practice with us. But I haven't heard anything back yet."

Rask has been out since Oct. 20, when he played in a 2-1 win against the New Jersey Devils because of what the Bruins have called soreness. Julien said Rask is day to day and his status for Tuesday is unknown.

"This is hockey. We deal on a day-to-day basis with injuries," Julien said. "You wait for the news and you go about doing your job as it's required. If we have to make some adjustments and we have to have different personnel, we'll deal with it when we have more of an update. But right now I have nothing."

In three games Rask is 3-0-0 with a 1.68 goals-against average and .947 save percentage. Khudobin in two games is 0-2-0 with 4.10 GAA and .849 save percentage.

Subban, 22, selected by the Bruins with the 24th pick of the 2012 NHL Draft, has played one NHL game, allowing three goals on six shots in 32 minutes of a start against the St. Louis Blues on Feb. 20, 2015. In four AHL games this season he's 0-3-1 with a 4.50 GAA and .846 save percentage. He's been pulled during a game twice.

It hasn't been the start Subban or the Bruins expected, and Subban thinks he might have put too much pressure on himself.

"I want to make every save, I want to get a shutout every game," he said. "But sometimes I think that in my position right now I'm supposed to be playing really well and that might've got to my head a little bit in terms of trying to get a shutout every game instead of just trying to go game by game and shot by shot. I'm overthinking it too much."

Subban sustained a fractured larynx when he was hit in the throat with a puck Feb. 6 and missed the rest of the season. He said he hasn't had any problem returning from the injury, and had a .904 save percentage and 3.53 GAA in three preseason games for Boston.

Julien has the same plan regardless of who is in goal Tuesday.

"As a coach there's one thing that worries me, it's stop the puck," he said. "I don't care how you do it. Just stop it."

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