The Boston Bruins had three new faces on the ice at Warrior Ice Arena on Thursday morning ahead of the club’s meeting with the Pittsburgh Penguins at TD Garden. Forwards Karson Kuhlman and Anton Blidh were joined by goalie Dan Vladar. Vladar replaces goalie Tuukka Rask on the active roster. Rask was placed on injured reserve with a concussion. He was injured just 1:12 into Tuesday’s game against the Blue Jackets.
Kuhlman has not played an NHL game since October 19th in Toronto when he suffered a lower-body injury. He’s spent a majority of this month rehabbing in AHL Providence, playing four games for the minor league club. Kuhlman registered three points (2 g, 1 a) in those four games. Prior to getting injured, Kuhlman was held pointless in eight NHL games.
Kuhlman has played 19 career NHL games and collected five points (3 g, 2 a). In eight games during the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Kuhlman registered three points (1 g, 2 a).
Vladar has been recalled on an emergency basis, as per the club. Standing at 6-foot-5, the 75th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft will backup Jaroslav Halak. Vladar is 6-5-0 in 12 games played with AHL Providence, recording a .935 save percentage and 1.84 goals against average. He has yet to make his NHL debut.
Blidh remains on the IR but is closing in on a return. He underwent shoulder surgery during training camp and has yet to play this season. In all, Blidh has played 21 NHL games and registered two points (1 g, 1 a).
Rask was placed on injured reserve, as mentioned, with a concussion. He has a 17-4-6 record with a 2.27 goals against average and .925 save percentage on the season. Rask was also selected to the NHL All-Star Game next week in St. Louis, but backed out.