After starting three games in four days, Rask was given a maintenance day by the Bruins on Friday, CSN's Joe Haggerty reports. While coach Bruce Cassidy declined to name his starting goalie for Saturday's road game against the Islanders, Rask is fully expected to draw the assignment for the B's, who have dropped four straight decisions. Rask has logged a subpar 3-6-0 record in March, but with the Bruins clawing to make the playoffs, their franchise goalie figures to be busy over the team's last eight regular season games.
Rask gave up five goals on 28 shots in Thursday's 6-3 loss to Tampa Bay. The Bruins actually held leads of 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 in the second period, but Rask gave up game-tying goals less than two minutes after every time his mates took the lead -- not exactly what you want to see your goalie do when you're playing a team that's just behind you for a playoff spot. Then came the third period, which saw Tampa score twice more on Rask and once into an empty net. This marks the Finnish netminder's fourth consecutive loss, and he's been tagged for 15 goals in that span. His save percentage is now down to .910, three ticks below the league average.
Rask will start in net Thursday night, looking to put up a wall against the visiting Lightning. Tampa Bay is slightly below average when it comes to road scoring (2.47 goals per game), and the Bolts will need to keep level heads around the lineup following three straight losses. As for Rask, he's managed 12 wins in 18 career starts against the upcoming opponent, although that's come alongside underwhelming peripherals: a 2.60 GAA and .904 save mark.
Rask gave up three goals on 22 shots en route to a 3-2 loss to the Senators on Tuesday. The results haven't been pretty for Rask lately -- he's lost three straight and given up 13 goals over his last four outings. Although he's likely to set a new career high in wins (with 33, he's only three short of 2013-14's 36), it's been an inconsistent season for the veteran netminder, most distinctly personified by the worst save percentage of his career at .911, two ticks below the league average.
Rask will start Tuesday's game against the Senators. The Bruins -- who continue to claw for playoff seeding -- will stick with Rask (who also started Monday) as they look to rebound from two consecutive defeats. He'll be facing an Ottawa squad that has dropped four straight decisions.
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