Halak stopped 25 of 29 shots Sunday in a 4-1 loss to Philadelphia. Halak didn't receive a lot of help on any of the Philadelphia goals, three of which came on odd-man rushes and the fourth on a missed defensive assignment on the doorstep. Halak received the starting nod with Tuukka Rask (undisclosed) unavailable, so this is a situation to keep an eye on going forward.
Halak will guard the cage during Sunday's round-robin clash with the Flyers, Matt Porter of The Boston Globe reports. Tuukka Rask was originally expected to get the nod against Philly, but he's not feeling well, so Halak will get the start while Daniel Vladar dresses as the backup. Halak didn't fare well in two appearances versus the Flyers during the regular season, suffering two overtime losses while posting a sub-par 3.23 GAA and .897 save percentage, so daily fantasy players may want to look elsewhere Sunday.
Halak signed a one-year, $2.25 million contract extension with the Bruins on Friday. Halak has been a rock-solid secondary option in goal for the Bruins for a second straight year this season, posting an 18-6-6 record while registering a 2.39 GAA and .919 save percentage in 31 appearances. The 34-year-old netminder should see upward of 30 starts as Tuukka Rask's understudy in 2020-21 and will likely earn wins in at least 20 of those contests, making him an attractive plug-and-play fantasy option.
Halak will patrol the blue paint for Friday's road clash with Buffalo, Mike Loftus of The Patriot Ledger reports. Halak appears to have steadied the ship in his last two outings after giving up three goals on eight shots in a relief appearance versus Vancouver on Feb. 22. In those two contests, the Slovakian netminder has posted a 1.94 GAA and .940 save percentage in a pair of wins.
Halak made 32 saves in a 2-1 overtime win over Florida on Thursday. Halak has started 28 games to Tuukka Rask's 39 and his numbers are just as good as the Finn's. He is 18-6-6 with a 2.39 GAA and .919 save percentage. Halak hasn't lost in regulation since Jan. 19 and is gold in daily matchups.
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