dangolka (CBS) — One of the best-laid plans of hockey groups and bubble environments usually go awry. Tuesday evening’s one-of-a-kind whirlwind proved that.
For the dangolka Bruins, that insanity meant ready, and ready … and ready some extra. Finally, after the Lightning and Blue Jackets stay tied by way of 4 full extra time intervals, the NHL pulled the plug on Recreation 1 between the Bruins and Hurricanes, which was presupposed to be performed on the identical sheet of ice in Toronto.
Because of this, the Bruins will play Carolina in Recreation 1 on Wednesday morning. Now dealing with a back-to-back to start out the collection (Recreation 2 is Thursday evening), and along with his gamers not precisely in midseason form, head coach Bruce Cassidy mentioned that the schedule change might result in the Bruins turning to Jaroslav Halak as a substitute of Tuukka Rask in web for Recreation 2.
“We do [have a goaltending plan],” Cassidy mentioned after the postponement was introduced. “We’re going to let the sport play out first [Wednesday]. The excellent news in regards to the again to again, there’s a day and a half, not fairly, there’s a 12 o’clock recreation and an eight o’clock recreation. Little extra relaxation. There’s no journey concerned, so it could depend upon the workload of Tuukka. Clearly we’ll talk about it with him.”
Cassidy additionally famous that whereas the lengthy await nothing was tough for each participant, the goalies may need had essentially the most tough time cooling down after the postponement was made official.
“As a coach, how do you put together your gamers which were sitting round that lengthy?” Cassidy rhetorically requested the media. “That’s a tricky one to reply since you don’t undergo that, particularly the goaltenders. It’d be robust on Tuukka and [Petr] Mrazek for positive.
The Bruins have had the luxurious of using a starting-caliber backup since signing Halak previous to the 2018-19 season. This season, he posted an 18-6-6 file, .919 save proportion, and a couple of.39 GAA.
Nonetheless, with Rask “unfit to take part” within the round-robin recreation vs the Flyers, Halak seemed somewhat rusty, permitting 4 objectives on 29 photographs confronted.
However the bubble creates distinctive conditions, and Cassidy didn’t sound like he’d be in any respect hesitant to start out Halak in Recreation 2 — thus giving Rask two full days of relaxation earlier than Saturday afternoon’s Recreation 3. Likewise, Cassidy famous that his counterpart on this collection — Carolina’s Rod Brind’Amour — gained’t be anxious if he has to show to his backup.
“We’re very snug with each goaltenders,” Cassidy mentioned. “I’ve heard Rod say on the opposite facet, [and] he proved it. He used each goaltenders in opposition to the Rangers. So I don’t assume it’ll be a difficulty for him both. It’s two groups that usually use each goaltenders, in order that’s a little bit of a lucky break for each groups.”
Mrazek is Carolina’s starter, after he went 2-Zero with a .940 save proportion within the qualifying collection win over the Rangers. James Reimer began 24 video games for Carolina this yr, and Brind’Amour known as on the veteran netminder for the clinching Recreation Three vs. New York final week. Reimer stopped 37 of the 38 photographs he confronted in that win.