How Should the Boston Bruins Distribute the Goaltending Workload Going Forward?

November 14th, 2014 by Al Daniel Leave a reply »

When New Englanders began their work week, Tuukka Rask was the Boston Bruins’ masked man of momentum. Entering the weekend, the team has not a morsel of momentum on its side.

On the heels of back-to-back blowouts via Toronto and Montreal, the brunt of which Rask shared with Niklas Svedberg, the Bruins are eons away from their previous outlook. A pristine four-game, four-win homestand to start the calendar month has given way to reality.

How shall they learn from this? Not letting Rask take the full workload for two weeks at a time would be a start. Wednesday’s implosion in Toronto made it plain that, no matter what kind of hot streak he fosters, Rask will eventually wilt when the Bruins keep turning to him too much.

The next three weeks will present multiple opportunities to offer Rask three or four full days between appearances. There may even be one or two instances where he can separate his starts with a full week.

Would that be too much? Maybe, but the absence of a perfect formula does not excuse anyone from diligently deciding on the best available approach.

For the Bruins, the ...

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