October 27, 2021; Sunrise, Florida, United States; Boston Bruins goaltender Linus Ullmark (35) keeps the net against the Florida Panthers in the second period at FLA Live Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
The goaltending rotation will continue on Saturday night at TD Garden, as the Bruins return to Linus Ullmark for their rematch against the undefeated Panthers.
Decision to return to Ullmark comes after Ullmark allowed three goals on 26 shots in Wednesday’s head-to-head with the Panthers, and with Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy subtly mentioning the need for a save with Panthers Sergei Bobrovsky doing the damn thing at the other end of the rink.
“When Bobrvoksy does what he does, you almost have to match him blow for blow,” Cassidy said after Wednesday’s loss to Sunrise. “You want to see that first stop in the first half. There’s a lot of hockey left, but it gives them some life, doesn’t it? There can’t be one of these things for all types of games.
“This is where I want to see Linus make the saves you’re supposed to make, and then when the time comes, do whatever you have to do to win.”
The good news for Ullmark and the Bruins is that he won’t be expected to “match” Bobrovsky on Saturday night as the Panthers should look to Spencer Knight. The 20-year-old knight is 2-0-0 with a .923 save percentage this season.
Turning to Ullmark also means the 28-year-old will ‘win’ the month of October from a network share perspective, with four starts compared to three for Jeremy Swayman. Swayman, 22, has lost two games in a row and lost Thursday’s game with the Hurricanes hard, with two goals allowed on 23 shots, but both goals bouncing off a Boston defenseman and Swayman.
Overall, Ullmark is 2-1-0 with a save percentage of .920 while Swayman is 1-2-0 with a save percentage of .893.
It will be the second of three games between the Bruins and the Panthers this season, and the first of two at TD Garden.
The Bruins and Panthers will also pay tribute to the late Jimmy Hayes ahead of Saturday’s game.
In addition to a moment of silence, each team will also wear special shirts during warm-ups that will read “HAYESY” and “BROADWAY”, two nicknames Hayes has been called by his teammates, friends and family.
Both sets of jerseys will be available for auction through the Boston Bruins and Florida Panthers Foundations, with funds benefiting a charity determined by the Hayes Family, Bruins and Panthers, with fans eligible to bid on the jerseys. To www.BruinsAuctions.org and www.FlaPanthers.givesmart.com.
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