The Bruins finish the regular season with 15 games in 27 days. That's a huge challenge for the team as it prepares for the Stanley Cup playoffs. Bruce Cassidy is trying to balance proper preparation and rest down the stretch. It doesn't help that Patrice Bergeron (foot) and Charlie McAvoy (knee) remained sidelined, while others are battling the normal nagging injuries at this point of the season.
Tuukka Rask has been dealing with a lower-body injury, but Cassidy has been able to rest the starting goalie when possible. It helps that backup Anton Khudobin is playing well and doing his job. At the start of the season, Cassidy's plan was to keep Rask between 55-60 starts. That meant Khudobin would finish anywhere between 22 and 27. With 15 games remaining in the regular season, Rask has played 44 games (43 starts) and Khudobin stands at 26 (24 starts).
The target now for Rask is 56 games. Of course, that also depends on his health. In November, we performed a fun exercise and forecasted the remaining starts for each goalie. At that time, I had Rask finishing with 55 games and Khudobin with 27. Now, it appears Rask will finish with 56 and Khudobin with 29. Yes, that equals 85 games in an 82-game season, but that's overall play. Rask will finish with 55 starts and Khudobin with 27. Right on target.