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Bruins notes: Jaroslav Halak to start Thursday, no timetable on Urho Vaakanainen’s return

Erin Walsh
November 07, 2018 - 10:28 pm
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After starting in goal Monday night, Tuukka Rask will sit Thursday night against the Canucks.

Bruce Cassidy said Wednesday morning Jaroslav Halak will get the start in goal against a tough Vancouver team when the Bruins host the Canucks Thursday night at TD Garden. Halak has certainly been the better goaltender for the Bruins thus far, leading to him seeing more ice time.

Cassidy also told reporters that there is no timetable on the return of young defenseman Urho Vaakanainen, who is dealing with a concussion. Vaakanainen did skate before practice on Wednesday alongside Kevan Miller.

"I don't have the timeline yet," said Cassidy. "This is part of his process to get back in the lineup, skating. Hopefully he'll join us soon. ... [Practice on] Friday will be a good measuring stick, if he gets back with us, then he'll be a lot closer. Just happy that he was out there."

Before heading out on a long road trip, Anders Bjork mentioned how crucial it is for the Bruins to pick up some points at home.

“We can definitely build momentum in this home stretch here,” said Bjork. “We love playing at home. Also, build confidence heading out on the road. Last road trip we wanted to do better than we did. It turned out OK, but I think we can be better on the road than we have.”

Cassidy also went into some detail about the Canucks young tandem of Elias Pettersson and Brock Boeser, two players who are making a name for themselves in Vancouver.

"Pettersson's a guy that you're gonna circle on their lineup,” said Cassidy. “He's just been good every night. It's like when [Brock] Boeser came in last year, all of a sudden he's scoring every night. Gotta deny him the puck or get in the shooting lanes."

 

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