I am going to come right out and say it. The Bruins chance of making the playoffs is in jeopardy if they do not find a reliable back-up goaltender for Tuukka Rask.
Even with Rask’s outstanding season, he can’t exceed expectations every night. In this league a team must have a back-up goaltender to create a winning environment. Rask is currently on pace to play in 64 games. What will happen to Rask if he keeps up his playing time now through the end of the season? He’ll get tired and burn out. The NHL season is long and grueling one. The amount of playing time Rask gets, because of no viable back-up, without a doubt will take a lot out of his tank.
A RASK BACKUP IS CRITICAL TO PLAYOFF HOPES
McIntyre, Khudobin and Subban are not options for the B’s. They need to look to elsewhere. With Anton Khudobin getting waived and sent to Providence, Subban still shows he can’t win an NHL game. McIntyre causes doubt about this readiness to perform at the professional level. That leaves the Bruins no other option but to go look for a back-up. All I am asking for is a goaltender that can step in between the pipes against a below-average team and pick up maybe a point or two. This would give Rask a rest, without feeling the need to play him to actually have a chance at winning the hockey game. By the time playoff hockey comes around, if the B’s qualify, you won’t need to worry about having a back-up. Start Rask every game. There main focus point is not burning out Rask, so by the end of the season he is still the elite player he is at this point in the season.
I am a big stats guy so let me enlighten you on this bad situation really . The Bruins have 21 wins this season, out of those 21 wins Tuukka Rask has 20. The only other win was from Anton Khudobin against Carolina in early December. Well guess what, Khudobin was assigned to Providence cause he flat out sucks and now the B’s are stuck with a backup who’s 24 years old and yet to win an NHL game. Khudobin had a 1-5-0 record with a 3.06 GAA and .885 save percentage. Don’t even get me started on the other two. McIntyre and Subban combine for a record of 0-3-0 this season and literally show zero sign whatsoever of actually being able to win an NHL game.
I’ll give McIntyre this. He is having a sensational season down in Providence. He leads the AHL in goals against average (1.41) and save percentage (.951). Zane also has a perfect 10-0-0 record this season. Now don’t get me wrong here, I am not saying McIntyre is not a good goaltender. He has the potential to be a great one. For the short term, the Bruins need to find someone that can suit them best. But who knows, maybe McIntyre will impress and really step up to prove me wrong. As for now, he has some big shoes to fill.
I miss the days of Chad Johnson back in 2013-14. Now that guy was a legit back-up. Johnson played in 23 games with a record of 17-4-0. One of the most reliable back-ups the Bruins have had recently. Too bad he only was in town for one year. After that, Svedberg was terrible in 2014-15.
I would never trade McIntyre. He has the potential to become something great. The Bruins have to decide if they want to stick with McIntyre as the back-up for the rest of the season or send him back down and pickup someone who can win games for the time being.