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Goalies up: Allen, Svedberg recalled

Jan 2, 2014, 12:23 PM EDT

WINNIPEG, MB - SEPTEMBER 26: Niklas Svedberg #72 of the Boston Bruins protects the net during warmup before an NHL preseason game against the Winnipeg Jets at the MTS Centre on September 26, 2013 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Getty Images

There have been some goalie moves today as the St. Louis Blues announced that they have summoned Jake Allen and Boston promoted goalie Niklas Svedberg.

Bruins coach Claude Julien confirmed that Svedberg will start against Nashville tonight, according to the team’s Twitter feed.

The Bruins had hoped to let the 24-year-old netminder make his NHL debut last week, but they needed to return him to the minors to free up a roster spot as they scrambled to adjust to a flurry of injuries.

His debut will come at a time when Tuukka Rask has allowed eight goals in his last two games. Meanwhile, Boston hasn’t asked Chad Johnson to start since Dec. 19.

As for Allen, he was likely summoned because Jaroslav Halak has been dealing with an illness, according to CBS’ Andy Strickland.

Allen, 23, was great with the St. Louis Blues in the shortened campaign and has a 2.17 GAA and .922 save percentage in 23 AHL contests this season. With that in mind, it wouldn’t be surprising if he ends up getting in a game if Halak’s ends up missing a decent amount of time.

  1. endusersolutions2013 - Jan 2, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    What was not mentioned is that Halak is not having a very good year (.907 save%). Wish Hitchcock had left him in longer vs the ‘Hawks recently, rather than pulling him after the 1st (3 goals) in a game the Blues ended up wining in a shootout.

    • bcsteele - Jan 2, 2014 at 12:43 PM

      I’m ready for us to trade Halak and run with Elliot and Allen. I’ve tried to remain in his corner since he came over but he just hasn’t gotten it done. Elliot has played well all year and Halak just hasn’t gotten it going in front of arguably the best defense in the league.

      I hope Armstrong makes a play for another goalie or just runs with what we have and pick up something for Halak. Though I’m not sure what he’d get.

      • endusersolutions2013 - Jan 2, 2014 at 1:45 PM

        Unless there is a team desperate for a goalie who needs on to make the playoffs, I would think the Blues would need to retain part of his salary, as who’d otherwise pay 4.5 mil for someone playing at the backup level?

  2. stonebullet - Jan 2, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    Interesting move having Svedberg play. He’s dominated the AHL level and definitely deserves a crack in the NHL but it smells of a trade. Bruins could use a little more help even though they’re well in the standings. Some one wants to take a peek at Svedberg before pulling the trigger, even though the Bruins know the value of goaltending depth.

  3. thailer35 - Jan 2, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    What has happened to Johnson? I haven’t seen him play at all this year, but last year in Phoenix he looked pretty promising the couple of times we needed him.

    • dropthepuckeh - Jan 2, 2014 at 2:53 PM

      Johnson is 6-3 in backup starts and has looked pretty good up until his last start when he let in a couple of soft goals. I think this is more about giving Svedberg a game in the NHL because he has been so good for the Baby B’s and had such a strong camp. I think Johnson will remain the backup for the rest of the year, barring injuries…

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