Tuukka Rask out, Jaroslav Halak starts vs. Flyers


It will be Jaroslav Halak who starts in net for the Bruins' first game that matters since March 10.

Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said Sunday morning that while Tuukka Rask is feeling better after missing Saturday's practice, he remains "unfit to participate" for Sunday afternoon's round-robin opener against the Flyers. Cassidy said he hopes Rask is able to return as early as Monday.

Dan Vladar will back up Halak, as at least for now he has beaten out fellow Providence Bruins goalie Max Lagace for the No. 3 spot in the goalie pecking order.

Unsurprisingly, wingers Ondrej Kase and Nick Ritchie are also both out for Sunday. Kase arrived in Toronto on Friday and skated on Saturday for the first time, while Ritchie was a full practice participant Saturday for the first time in over a week. Cassidy said it would be "tough" for Kase to get fully back up to speed in time for Wednesday's second round-robin game against the Lightning, but that Ritchie would have a better chance.

Here is the Bruins' lineup for Sunday:

Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - David PastrnakJake DeBrusk - David Krejci - Jack StudnickaAnders Bjork - Charlie Coyle - Karson KuhlmanJoakim Nordstrom - Sean Kuraly - Chris WagnerZdeno Chara - Charlie McAvoyTorey Krug - Brandon CarloMatt Grzelcyk - Jeremy LauzonJaroslav HalakDan Vladar

With lineups cut from the expanded 20 skaters for the exhibition game to the usual 18 now, it's center Par Lindholm and defenseman John Moore who find themselves moving into healthy scratch territory.

Puck drop is set for shortly after 3 p.m.

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