Bruins' Ulllmark cleared to play after sustaining injury Friday
The Boston Bruins and their fans can breathe a sigh of relief.
Bruins head coach Jim Montgomery said Monday that goaltender Linus Ullmark will serve as either the starter or the backup Tuesday against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Ullmark exited Friday's win over the Carolina Hurricanes with an apparent arm injury and didn't return.
The Bruins goaltender is the clear Vezina Trophy front-runner this season. He leads all NHL netminders in wins (13) and tops all players at the position who've played at least four games in save percentage (.935).
The 29-year-old also boasts stellar goals saved above expected and goals saved above average figures.
|Ullmark in 2022-23||GSAx (Rank)||GSAA (Rank)|
|All situations||9.38 (5th)||13.2 (2nd)|
|5-on-5||5.18 (9th)||9.77 (3rd)|
Ulllmark literally split time with Jeremy Swayman in the Boston crease last season, as the puck-stoppers played 41 games apiece. But Ullmark firmly established himself as the club's No. 1 netminder in 2022-23, while Swayman has underachieved with a .890 save percentage despite his 4-2-0 record.
(Analytics source: Evolving Hockey)