Subban practiced with AHL Providence on Wednesday, Mark Divver of The Providence Journal reports. Subban had been up with the big club to provide an emergency option behind Tuukka Rask and Anton Khudobin, but he's back in the minors for now. While it's possible that either Subban or Zane McIntyre might be back with Boston as the postseason progresses, neither keeper would be in line to receive a start unless both Rask and Khudobin were unavailable.
Subban was recalled from AHL Providence on an emergency basis Friday. With Zane McIntyre reassigned to the minors Thursday, it's Subban's turn to serve as the third goalie for the playoffs. While this could be an indication that one of the two goalies ahead of him is ailing, it's not uncommon for teams to carry three goalies during the playoffs, so there may be absolutely nothing to worry about. Subban was not sharp in his only start for Boston this season, allowing three goals on 16 shots in a loss to the Wild on Oct 25, but it's not likely he'll suit up during the playoff run anyway.
Subban was assigned to AHL Providence on Saturday, ahead of a road game in Detroit. There's been whispers that starting goalie Tuukka Rask (undisclosed) will be ready to return for the next contest, which helps explain why Subban was sent down to the Baby Bruins. The younger brother of Predators star defenseman P.K. Subban has only appeared in one game this season -- Oct. 25 against the Wild -- and he was pulled from that start after allowing three goals on 16 shots in 30:36 between the pipes. At least for now, Zane McIntyre will stay up with the big club.
Subban saved just 13 of 16 shots before being pulled in the second period of Tuesday's game against the Wild. Subban went 0-3-1 with a 4.50 GAA and .846 save percentage with AHL Providence before being recalled on Tuesday. After his poor play continued against Minnesota, Subban's status is unknown with Tuukka Rask day-to-day with an undisclosed injury and Zach McIntyre likely up next if needed. Regardless of when he's up next, you'll want to see Subban prove he can handle the highest level before trusting him in any fantasy setting. There is still long-term potential for the 2012 first-round pick, though.
Subban will start Tuesday's game against the Wild. With Tuukka Rask day-to-day and Anton Khudobin set to miss three weeks, Subban and fellow recall Zane McIntyre were the only Boston goalies on the ice at Tuesday morning's skate. Subban was off to an 0-3-1 start with a 4.50 GAA and .846 save percentage with AHL Providence, but he'll get the nod Tuesday over McIntyre, who allowed just one goal in 137 minutes of action working in tandem with Subban out of the gate. Subban is something of a lottery ticket in Tuesday fantasy lineups, especially considering his results to date this season, but the 2012 first-rounder does bring some long-term upside to the table. Whether Tuesday's assignment is a one-and-done deal or not hinges both on his performance in the game and the availability of Rask.
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