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It is not exactly breaking news that coaches are tasked with having to make tough decisions.

N.J.,adidas Erik Karlsson jersey,To wit: Boston Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy's choice between starting No. 1 goaltender Tuukka Rask or hot hand Anton Khudobin on Wednesday night against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center in Newark

"It's a crystal ball kind of thing, according to BostonSportsJournal.com. "That's the best we can do with it."," Cassidy told reporters following the Bruins' practice at Warrior Ice Arena when asked if he was got to start Rask or Khudobin

The Bruins enter the game having capped off their California trip with 2-1 and 3-1 victories over the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks. Khudobin started both games and recorded 63 saves on 65 shots.

In eight games this season (five starts), Rask has a 2.89 GAA and an .897 save percentage along with a 3-7-2 record in 12 games., Khudobin has a 2.17 goals-against average and a .935 save percentage while compiling a 5-0-2 record. By comparison

Cassidy said Khudobin's play has forced him to change the goaltenders playing schedules from a weekly format to a per game basis.

" Cassidy said. "At the end of the day we still want to watch the starts. That's the most important thing when you schedule it. Are they getting their good rest? How many starts are they going to end up with? So if Tuukka gets a few (games) off now -- sometimes that happens with injuries -- then maybe he makes them up later.","Obviously the other night it would have been Tuukka in San Jose but we went with Dobby

While Cassidy is navigating a delicate goaltending tightrope, even with the callup of Matt Grzelcyk from AHL Providence., he acknowledged his team will be short-handed against the Devils

Torey Krug,Cassidy said the Bruins will not have Brad Marchand, Anders Bjork and Adam McQuaid because of injuries. Marchand (concussion) and Krug have been diagnosed with upper-body injuries,adidas Henrik Lundqvist jersey, while the team has not revealed Bjork's condition. McQuaid underwent surgery to repair a broken right fibula,adidas Mats Zuccarello jersey, which was sustained in the 6-3 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Oct. 19. Cassidy said Ryan Spooner may rejoin the team shortly. He suffered a torn adductor muscle in the 3-1 loss to the expansion Vegas Golden Knights on Oct. 15.

" Cassidy said. "The plan for him was to get through a practice of contacting we'll make a decision. He's a lot closer.",adidas Rick Nash jersey,"We're going to have a conversation

the question is whether the Bruins will have enough time to make up position in the Eastern Conference playoff race once they are fully healthy.,Still

Boston (8-7-4) is fifth in the Atlantic Division -- 12th overall in the Eastern Conference and 25th in the NHL. That does not bode well for the Bruins' Stanley Cup playoff hopes.

LLC study in 2014 revealed the teams who were in the Eastern and/or Western Conference top eight positions by U.S. Thanksgiving since 2005-06 qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs at a 77.3 percent clip. Also,A STATS, according to the Chicago Tribune, following the NHL's shift to two divisions in 2013-14, seven of the eight playoff spots in both conferences were locked up by U.S. Thanksgiving.

the Devils have returned home from a four-game road trip (2-1-1) feeling better about themselves after leaving Minnesota with a 4-3 overtime win over the Wild on Monday night.,Whereas the Bruins are trying to build some positive momentum

New Jersey led throughout against the Wild, 2-1 and 3-1 before Minnesota's Mikael Granlund scored twice in a 7:10 span of the third period to force overtime. John Moore scored the game-winner 52 seconds into sudden death., having held advantages of 1-0

"One of the big things for us is you want to be able to funnel pucks to the net,authentic Mats Zuccarello jersey, sometimes you get bounces like that."," New Jersey coach John Hynes told reporters after the game. "One of the things we've talked to our players about is getting better at getting to the net-front. That's what happens when you funnel pucks in there and get traffic

the Devils (12-5-3) regained first place in the Metropolitan Division. The Devils had dropped a 1-0 overtime loss to the Maple Leafs in Toronto on Thursday and dropped a 5-2 decision to the Jets in Winnipeg on Saturday.,authentic Erik Karlsson jerseyWith the win

"It was huge. You put that in,authentic Henrik Lundqvist jersey, we needed two points tonight and that was stressed from this morning. It was a great job by our team to kind of regroup and get those two points.",authentic Rick Nash jersey,," Moore told reporters in Minnesota after the game. "With the way this trip has gone

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