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Bruins welcome Tuukka Rask back against Predators

The Boston Bruins begin a crucial three-game homestand Tuesday night against the Nashville Predators, and their No. 1 goaltender will be back in net.

Tuukka Rask will return after suffering a lower-body injury last week. He missed the team's 2-1 win at the New York Islanders on Saturday after staying in Boston over the weekend to receive treatment.

"Tuukka is healthy, that's what he indicated to me, and that's all I needed to hear. He'll be our starter tonight," interim coach Bruce Cassidy told reporters Tuesday morning.

Rask had returned to the ice for practice on Monday and said he felt good.

The Bruins didn't need Rask against the Islanders because backup goaltender Anton Khudobin made 18 saves. Boston ended its four-game losing streak and moved into the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.

Rask is 33-20-4 with a .910 save percentage and a 2.38 goals against average this season. Although Khudobin got off to a slow start this season, he's 5-0-0 with a .920 save percentage and 1.98 GAA since Feb. 11.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.