After splitting their first two games of the season, the Boston Bruins schedule resumes with three games in week two.
Tuukka Rask will get his first start in goal for the Bruins Monday at 1:00 p.m. against the Colorado Avalanche. Though Rask (2010-11 stats: 11-14-2 record, 2.67 goals against average, .918 save %) often takes a backseat to star Tim Thomas, Bruins coach Claude Julien has faith in both his goalies.
"I see a better Tuukka this year," Julien told ESPN Boston. "Whether it's through maturity or preparation or being hungry to get more ice time and prove he deserves it, there's not doubt I feel confident. I've said all along, we say we have two No. 1 goaltenders. We know what Tim Thomas has accomplished, but at the same time if Tuukka was on another team there's a good chance he would be the No. 1 goalie. We're very comfortable with both goaltenders and when you have an elite guy on your team it makes it that much easier."
The Bruins continue the week with road bouts against the Carolina Hurricanes (Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.) and Chicago Blackhawks (Saturday, 8:30 p.m.). It's undecided whether Bruins defenseman Steven Kampfer, who suffered a sprained MCL during the preseason, will travel with the team on the road trip.
"It will all depend on our medical staff," Julien told ESPN Boston. "Whether it's to his advantage to come and skate with us or whether it's better he skate here on his own and get the knee treatment. So that's something we will probably find out before tomorrow."
After losing to Philadelphia 2-1 to begin the season, the Bruins defeated Tampa Bay 4-1 to even their record at 1-1.