Halak stopped all 26 WIld shots in Thursday's 3-0 shutout road win. Even with Boston resting a few regulars in front of him, Halak stopped every puck sent his way, improving to 4-1-0 in his last five starts. The Bruins close out the regular season Saturday against the Lightning and are then expected to ride Tuukka Rask throughout the postseason. It's worth noting that Rask has struggled to a 3-4-0 record in his past seven starts, so the door is open just a crack for one of the league's top backups.
Halak will start Thursday's game against the Wild. This will probably be Halak's final regular-season start, with Tuukka Rask likely to get the nod Saturday against the Lightning. Once the playoffs start, the Bruins will roll with Rask, but if he falters at all, Halak could see some action. On Thursday, Halak will face a Minnesota squad that has been eliminated from the postseason. Meanwhile, the Bruins could strategically rest some players with the team's first-round series against the Maple Leafs on the horizon.
Halak allowed five goals on 27 shots in a 6-3 loss to the Red Wings on Sunday. Anthony Mantha may have etched a place in Halak's nightmares, earning four of his five points while the 33-year-old tended twine (the last point an assist on Dylan Larkin's empty-netter). Halak dropped to 21-11-4 with a 2.40 GAA and a .920 save percentage. This dud aside, Halak has helped plenty of fantasy campaigns in his previous 35 starts this year.
Halak will start Sunday night's road game against the Red Wings. Meanwhile, Tuukka Rask will get the start Saturday against the Panthers, with Halak likely to get one more regular-season start after Sunday -- either Tuesday against Columbus or Thursday against Minnesota. Halak will be looking for his fourth straight win Sunday, but despite being out of the playoff picture, the Red Wings have shown some life of late, with three straight wins and triumphs in five of their last six games overall.
Halak stopped 20 of 23 shots in Wednesday's 6-3 win over the Rangers. Halak won for a third straight time despite giving up three goals in back-to-back starts. Luckily, Boston has scored 13 goals in the last two games Halak has started, providing the netminder plenty of room for error. His record on the year now stands at 21-10-4.
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