The Boston Bruins currently have a very good problem on their hands, but that doesn't mean that it is not raising a few questions about which direction the team will be moving in going forward.
The Bruins, who have won 4 of their first 5 games to start the 2019 - 2020 National Hockey League regular season, picked up another impressive win on Saturday night when they shutout the New Jersey Devils and crushed to a 3 - 0 victory. Backstopping the Bruins during that game was veteran goaltender Tuukka Rask and with that shutout Rask now brings his season totals to a 1.33 goals against average and a .957 save percentage, very impressive nummers to be sure. It is a great start to the season for a goaltender that has historically been viewed as a very slow starter, and perhaps that makes today's announcement from head coach Bruce Cassidy all the more confusing.
In spite of the fact that the Bruins will not play until Monday, the Bruins made the decision on Sunday to name veteran goaltender Jaroslav Halak as their starter for their upcoming road game against the Anaheim Ducks. Now to be fair here Halak has also been outstanding this season, although his numbers have not been quite as good as the ones posted by the aforementioned Rask. Through his first 2 games of the season Halak has recorded a 1.53 goals against average and an identical .957 save percentage. Obviously having to choose between two goaltenders this hot to start the season is a terrific problem to have, but it can be a problem nonetheless.
Bruce Cassidy is going to have some very tough choices to make moving forward regarding his two goaltenders and I would not be surprised if we end up with some type of goaltending controversy down the road here. That being said both of these goaltenders are very experienced veterans of the National Hockey League and no doubt that has helped tremendously when it comes time to put their egos aside and work better together as a team.
It's worth nothing here that the next game for the Bruins following Monday's contest will not be until Thursday, which in theory would have left plenty of time for Rask to recover and be prepared. This is one story definitely worth keeping an eye on.