Svedberg gets start tonight vs. Dallas

BOSTON -- After completing a four-game conditioning stint in the minors, Boston Bruins backup goaltender Niklas Svedberg will start Tuesday against the Dallas Stars at TD Garden.

During his stint with the Providence Bruins of the AHL, Svedberg went 3-1-0 with a 2.76 goals-against average and a .911 save percentage in four games.

Since the Bruins are in desperate need of points to remain in playoff contention, Bruins coach Claude Julien has leaned heavily on No. 1 goaltender Tuukka Rask. Svedberg had played only twice in a 14-game span, so the organization thought it best to send him to Providence in order to keep him sharp.

“He said he felt better and better every game,” Julien said after the team’s morning skate Tuesday. “Our goal was to give him some games. He hadn’t played much and felt it was unfair to him and to our team to throw him in when he was out so long or hadn’t played much. It was a great opportunity for him to go there and play a lot of games.”

Rask is 12-3-4 in his last 18 games and has played in 20 of the last 21 games. With the way the upcoming schedule works for the Bruins, and since he’s not playing Tuesday against the Stars, Rask will have four days off between games.

Tuesday’s start will be Svedberg’s first in Boston since a 3-0 shutout of the New Jersey Devils on Jan. 8.

“It’s always easier when you play more, but I tried to stay ready anyway. I got some games in Providence, so I feel good,” Svedberg said.

Overall, he’s 5-5-0 with a 2.22 GAA in 12 starts for the Bruins this season.