Khudobin will spell some relief for starter Tuukka Rask, who was between the pipes for the first four games. Rask is off to a great start with a 3-0-1 record to go along with a 1.96 goals-against average and .925 save percentage. But with tonight being the first game of a back-to-back set for the Bruins (they host New Jersey Tuesday), head coach Claude Julien decided it was a good time to get Khudobin into the mix.
Julien and the Bruins got a taste of what Khudobin has to offer last April when the puck-stopper from Kazakhstan made 44 saves in a win at Ottawa.
“He showed something last year in the one game he played for us [against Ottawa] and he had a decent year [in Providence] too,” Julien said on Monday. “No matter what, you have to use both goaltenders in this short schedule."
Khudobin, who went 6-14-4 with a .912 save percentage and 2.96 goals against average for the Moscow Oblast in the KHL during the lockout, was excited to learn he'd be starting Monday.
“It’s been a long time [since I played a game in the NHL], but I know what to expect pretty much,” Khudobin told the media. “It will be my first experience against Carolina, but it will be a good experience. You just have to work every day. You can’t stand still. Every day you just move forward and work on something new.”