Boston Bruins: Jeremy Swayman Will Start Against the Sabres Thursday Night, Jaroslav Halak Waits in the Wings


The Boston Bruins will be looking for their sixth straight win on Thursday night on the road against the Sabres.  Rookie goaltender Jeremy Swayman will get the start in night following Tuukka Rask’s shutout of Buffalo on Tuesday night.

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Swayman filled in nicely while Rask and backup goaltender Jaroslav Halak missed time over the last few weeks.  The 22-year-old has been impressive in five starts this season.  He has a 1.78 goals against average with a .938 save percentage. 

Halak is waiting to return from missing time after being placed on the NHL’s COVID Protocol list.  The veteran backup has been practicing with the team, but the Bruins are slowly working him back to the team.  The 35-year-old Halak hasn’t played since April 3.  He is 9-5-3 this season in net with a .910 save percentage. 

Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said that Halak’s “conditioning is getting better” but he still needs time to build back into being game ready. 

The Bruins will have three goalies to chose from as the season continues. 

“It’s a good problem to have: Finding enough games to get all three goalies in the net to get sharp.  Tuukka has to play a little bit here coming back from an injury to get his feel back.  Swayman has played well.  It’s a challenge to get them all their starts and it will be here with 12 games left.” 

Cassidy would add, “We know Jaro will probably not go in this week so that limits him even more.  We’ll work on it down the road trying to get Halak sharp, but right now it’s Tuukka and Swayman as the two goalies in the moment and we’ll see where Halak ends up.”

The Bruins will play back-to-back games against the Sabres.  Rask will start Friday night. 

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Boston Sports Syndicate: Boston Bruins: Jeremy Swayman Will Start Against the Sabres Thursday Night, Jaroslav Halak Waits in the Wings
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