This season has not started off on a great foot for either the Boston Bruins or their starting goalie Tuukka Rask. Through 22 games the Bruins are 10-8-4. Not a bad record, but incredibly mediocre. And while there are certainly a multitude of reasons why this Bruins team is underperforming (injuries being the biggest), Rask’s goaltending is a significant part of it.

Rask has started 13 games this season, going 3-8-2 with a .899 save percentage and a 2.91 goals against average. Those stats can be partly blamed on the team defense, but that doesn’t explain why backup Anton Khudobin has thoroughly outplayed him. Khudobin has started 9 games, going 7-0-2 with a .932 save percentage and a 2.22 goals against average.

Because of these results, head coach Bruce Cassidy gave Khudobin four straight starts from 11/16 to 11/24, to which Khudobin responded with four straight wins. This created rumors among the Boston sports media that Rask is on the way out. To be sure, these rumors are nothing new. The Boston sports media has floated Rask’s name for a trade since his Vezina Trophy winning season in 2013/14.