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Stargazing: Appears Stars Will Avoid Thomas, Get Tuukka Rask Instead in Battle of Backups

According to the Boston Bruins Twitter feed, goaltender Tuukka Rask was the first net minder off the ice at morning skate, usually a sign that he'll be starting in net tonight. If this is true then the Stars avoid the monstrously successful Tim Thomas who by far leads the league in GAA and save percentage.

That's not to say that Rask isn't capable of shutting a team down himself. Last season in 45 games he posted a stellar 1.97 GAA and a .931 save percentage (that led the league). This year it's a different story and a little bit of bad luck as his save percentage of .923 is not bad but his 4-10-1 record is. He allowed 4 goals in a loss to Buffalo in his last outing.

Claude Julien told the media in his pre-game remarks that Tuukka's numbers are good but the only thing missing is in the win loss column, and that they haven't scored as many goals in his games as they have for TT. Here's hoping...

So it looks like it's the battle of the backups tonight. Will the new Raycroft sparkle mask be in full effect?


  • Stars prospect Tyler Beskorowany was named the ECHL goaltender of the month posting a 4-0-1 in five starts with a .947 save percentage and 1.74 GAA. [Big D Hockey]
  • Ex-Dallas Stars Mike Smith (who netted the Stars Brad Richards) has played himself out of Tampa and has been placed on waivers. Sorry, Smitty. [Raw Charge]
  • Here's a feature on Tuukka Rask and how well rested he is. [Boston Herald]
  • If you Google News "Dallas Stars" right now you get an annoying amount of this. It said "Dallas Stars" and had the word "Hagman"...I thought it might be hockey related. I was deceived.
  • Jack Campbell, despite his stellar play at the WJC, is having to earn every start with Windsor as they're going with a "win and you're in" kind of system right now. [The Province]
  • Good write up on Richard Bachman by our friend D'Ann (txstarsgirl) [Examiner]
  • NESN remembers the last Stars trip to Boston as a 146 PIM filled brawl that the Bruins needed, which is funny, because all I remember is that the Stars got their arses kicked and Mike Modano called it embarrassing. [NESN]
  • The Canucks gave the Coyotes quite the beating last night too. [SBN Phoenix]