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Anton Khudobin back with Bruins, expected to be available vs. Lightning

01.31.17 at 6:14 am ET
Anton Khudobin is back with the Bruins. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Anton Khudobin is back with the Bruins. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Bruins goaltender Anton Khudobin knows what he did, or rather didn’t do, to earn a trip on the waiver wire and down to the AHL’s P-Bruins.

“I just didn’t get enough wins,” Khudobin, who is back with the Bruins, said following Monday’s practice at Warrior Ice Arena.

In eight games with the Big B’s this season, the 30-year-old recorded just one victory and posted a woeful .885 save percentage.

Now, in defense of Khudobin, the replacements haven’t done much better — Zane McIntyre has zero wins and an .860 save percentage in seven games while Malcolm Subban failed to finish his start for the second time in as many career tries — but there was no doubt that the Black and Gold expected more out of Khudobin, especially after what was a successful first run with the club four years back.

But with Zane McIntyre assigned to the minors so that he could appear in the 2017 All-Star Game (and perhaps get more playing time in a development-friendly role versus a largely spectator role for the Black and Gold), and with the B’s traveling to Tampa Bay Monday night, Khudobin has traveled with the big club and is one of their options against the Lightning. And could very well be given the start considering the fact that Tuukka Rask is joining the club right from Los Angeles from his All-Star weekend.

An increase in his playing time during his tenure with the P-Bruins, which is something that Khudobin has openly talked about as a potential fix to his struggles in subtle ways, has set the gregarious netminder in a situation for a possible rebound.

“It was a good stretch,” Khudobin said of his tenure with the P-Bruins, which has featured six wins and an .892 save percentage in 10 AHL games. “I had a couple of shutouts — two shutouts in a row — and it was really good.”

Entering the stretch run of their season, it’s expected that a healthy Rask will likely suit up for somewhere between 20-to-25 games for the Bruins if they’re to have a legitimate chance of keeping pace with the rest of the East’s playoff teams.


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