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Bruins notes: Rask could be back Tuesday, Halak starts again, Carlo out

Matt Kalman
November 11, 2018 - 1:04 pm

Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask, who was granted a leave of absence to attend to a personal matter Friday, could be back with the team as soon as Tuesday.

“We’re off [Monday], so Tuesday we have practice. I suspect Tuukka will join us then, but that’s something we’ll discuss with him [Monday]," Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. "Again today the focus for us is on Vegas and then we’ll look at what our lineup looks like for when we leave Tuesday.”

Rookie Daniel Vladar will again dress as the Bruins' backup goaltender Sunday when Boston hosts the Vegas Golden Knights at TD Garden. The Bruins leave for a four-games-in-eight-nights road trip Tuesday.

Halak gets the nod

We’ll find out how Jaroslav Halak responds to playing both ends of a back-to-back, as the veteran goaltender will start against Vegas after making 40 saves in the 5-1 win over Toronto on Saturday.

When asked after the win over the Maple Leafs about whether he was ready to start a back-to-back for the first time since April 10-11, 2015 with the New York Islanders (he’s played both halves of a back-to-back but with one appearance in relief several times since then), Halak was characteristically nonchalant.

“Just get a good sleep tonight, same routine, but like I said get some rest [Sunday] probably no ice, get a good pre-game meal and play a game,” Halak said.

Carlo probably out

The Bruins will have almost as many defensemen out of the lineup injured as they'll have in the lineup against the Golden Knights.

Brandon Carlo is unlikely to play, according to Cassidy, because of an upper-body injury sustained on a hit Saturday. Although he stayed in the game, Carlo wasn’t feeling well when he showed up at Warrior Ice Arena on Sunday.

With Carlo probably out, Jeremy Lauzon was called up from Providence of the American Hockey League on an emergency basis. Lauzon played four games with Boston earlier this season.

Carlo joins defensemen Charlie McAvoy (concussion), Urho Vaakanainen (concussion) and Kevan Miller (hand) on the sidelines.

With Carlo and McAvoy out the Bruins will need a new regular partner for Zdeno Chara on the top defense pair that will be matched up against the Golden Knights’ No. 1 line of William Karlsson centering Jonathan Marchessault and Riley Smith. Matt Grzelcyk filled that role against John Tavares’ line and the Maple Leafs for most of the game Saturday, even when Carlo was healthy.

Kampfer looking to clean up

Carlo’s injury may have spared defenseman Steven Kampfer from being scratched. The 30-year-old has been called for two minor penalties in each of the past two games and five minors in the past four games. He was benched for most of the first period after his penalty early in the first period Saturday.

Kampfer will be in the lineup, though, against Vegas because the Bruins are shorthanded.

Cassidy had a heart-to-heart with Kampfer in a conference room Sunday morning.

“Well he’s taken some penalties. And I think when some guys come into the lineup that are guys that aren’t necessarily in there every day, the message is generally 'be clean.' If I don’t notice you, it’s probably a good thing ... if you’re clean you’ve done your job, and as you get a little more comfortable, yeah, maybe you can add a little more.

“Some of those penalties can be cured by moving your feet. And that’s where I’m reminding Steve he’s got a good head for the game, he competes, he gets static. And in today’s game that’s tough, so you’ve got to find a way to keep your feet moving. So that’s been a bit of a reminder with him.”

Kampfer has played in nine straight games after he was a healthy scratch for the first seven games of the season.

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