Tuukka Rask has started every game for Boston in these playoffs but was pulled after two periods in Game 5 with the Bruins down to New York just 4-2. According to Head Coach Bruce Cassidy, the Bs netminder wasn’t feeling well and was relieved by rookie Jeremy Swayman. Rask, whose injury is undisclosed, allowed all four goals on just 16 shots and has noticeably winced in pain earlier in the playoffs.
The 34-year-old has been stellar in the postseason with a 2.20 goals-against average, and .925 save percentage in ten starts. Swayman played well down the stretch in the regular season when Rask and Jaroslav Halak were on the shelf. The 22-year-old went 7-3 as a starter late in the season with a sparking 1.50 GAA, and .945 save percentage to go along with two shutouts. If Rask can’t go, expect the freshman to get the crucial Game 6 start.
Kevan Miller and Brandon Carlo didn’t travel with the team. Miller has been out with an upper-body injury since May 21st, while Carlo is out again with an undiscloed ailment. Curtis Lazar will not play after suffering a lower-body injury in Game 5 against the Islanders.
Despite the uncertainty surrounding Rask, Boston is a -134 moneyline road favorite on the FanDuel Sportsbook for Wednesday night. In what could end up being the final game at Nassau Coliseum before the Islanders move to a new arena next season, New York is a +114 moneyline dog for Game 6.
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