Boston Bruins Midseason Grades: Goalies

By: Patrick Donnelly

Since we have just passed by the halfway mark of the Bruins’ season, it seems appropriate to look back on and evaluate the performances of each player currently on the Bruins’ NHL roster. In this article, the two Bruins’ goaltenders will be graded.

As I right this article the Bruins sit ranked third-best in the NHL in goals-against per game with 2.62. As much as certain media pundits around this town may make it seem, goaltending has been of little concern for the Bruins, overall.

The route management took this offseason in this position has been a success so far. Here are my midseason grades for the Bruins’ goaltenders:

Jaroslav HalakA-

Jaro Halak has wildly exceeded any expectations anyone had for him; here we are in January and Halak sits third in save percentage (.926) and fifth in GAA (2.46) among qualified goaltenders. Although his play has dipped for some stretches at times this season (hence the “minus” in A-), Halak has made Don Sweeney look like a genius with the $2.75-million cap hit he carries for this year and next. The 33-year-old Slovak has been crucial to the Bruins’ success, having been able to step in and take some of the load when Tuukka Rask has struggled. Halak will need to keep this up moving forward in the second half.

Tuukka Rask: B-

Tuukka has salvaged his grade with his strong play since coming back from his leave of absence. Over the last few weeks, Rask has played very well as he seems to be hitting his classic hot run he has each season. The 30-year-old now holds a .920 save percentage, well above the NHL average (.926 if you take out the opening night debacle). After starting out with save percentage of .875 through his first four games, Rask has played at a .930 clip since; his ability to continue to play well is going to be pivotal as the season pushes on.

As we move deeper into the second half, there is no pressing reason to stop platooning the two goaltenders like Head coach Bruce Cassidy has been doing. Rask is hitting his stride while Halak is still playing well overall.

Author: Patrick Donnelly

Patrick is a sophomore studying journalism at Boston University’s College of Communication. Patrick is both the Men’s and Women’s Ice Hockey editor for WTBU Sports, writing, broadcasting, and overseeing articles about each team. He aims to cover the NHL and the Boston Bruins for a living and to become a hockey insider. From Lynn, Massachusetts, Patrick is a graduate of Malden Catholic High School (’18) and is a huge Boston sports fan, avid golfer, and hockey fanatic. His favorite teams and athletes include, the Bruins, the New England Patriots, Tiger Woods, and Miro Heiskanen. Co-host of the podcast, The Duck Boat Report, at WTBU Sports, writer for the Boston Hockey Blog, and writer for Black ‘N Gold Hockey. He writes columns on the PGA, Bruins, and NHL for WTBU Sports. Patrick is also a Francis Ouimet Scholar. Find his author page at WTBU Sports, follow him on Twitter @PatDonn12, and check out his portfolio (patrickdonnellyportfolio.wordpress.com).

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