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Bruins give Khudobin the nod against Devils

by Dan Rosen /

NEWARK, N.J. -- Despite Tuukka Rask making 40 saves in a 1-0 shutout win against the New Jersey Devils last week, Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien has opted to go with backup Anton Khudobin against the Devils on Wednesday at Prudential Center (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2).

Rask, who is 2-0-0 with one goal allowed against the Devils this season, has played in three consecutive games and the Bruins play again Thursday at home against the New York Islanders.

Khudobin is 8-3-0 with a 2.07 goals-against average and .929 save percentage this season.

Julien, though, is less concerned about who his starting goalie is and more about playing a team that is winless in seven straight (0-3-4) but hasn't been playing that poorly.

Both of Boston's games against New Jersey have been tight-checking, low-scoring, one-goal games.

"They're not going to change their style because I don't think they've been playing bad," Julien said of the Devils. "When you watch their team, you can, I guess, sympathize with them because they are snake-bitten. They've gotten lots of opportunities, they're playing hard and they're playing well, but they're just not getting the results. That, to me, means we better be ready [Wednesday] because it's just a matter of time before it goes their way."

Here is the expected Bruins' lineup for the game Wednesday at Prudential Center:

Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Nathan Horton

Brad Marchand - Gregory Campbell - Jaromir Jagr

Daniel Paille - Chris Kelly - Tyler Seguin

Jordan Caron - Rich Peverley - Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara - Dougie Hamilton

Andrew Ference - Dennis Seidenberg

Matt Bartkowski - Johnny Boychuk

Anton Khudobin

Tuukka Rask

Scratched: Wade Redden, Jay Pandolfo, Kaspars Daugavins, Aaron Johnson

Injured: Patrice Bergeron (concussion), Adam McQuaid (shoulder)


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