BOSTON, MA - On Thursday morning, prior to the Bruins' game against the Nashville Predators at TD Garden, GM Peter Chiarelli announced that goaltender Niklas Svedberg had been recalled from the Providence Bruins.
Svedberg joined the team and will be eligible to play in Thursday night's game.
He has appeared in 22 games for the Providence Bruins this season, racking up a 13-5-3 record with a 2.87 goals against average, .909 save percentage and one shutout.
The netminder received his first NHL recall last week, on December 27, and dressed as Tuukka Rask's backup against Ottawa that night.
He was originally slated for his NHL debut either the next night in Ottawa, or against the Islanders at the Garden, but the Bruins had to make a series of transactions with injuries to Zdeno Chara and Carl Soderberg, and Svedberg was sent back to the P-Bruins.
Now, he will get another stint with the big club, no matter how brief or long his stay.
Earlier this week, prior the game against the Isles, Head Coach Claude Julien was asked by a reporter about the presence of Svedberg with the group, and how it may be a benefit for some healthy competition among the goalies.
"Yeah, I don’t know if it’s just pushing or sometimes it’s a matter too of, if there are injuries during the season, a goaltender could get called up. You saw that in Carolina for example, you’ve seen it in LA; I think it’s just a normal thing," said Julien, of building out the goaltending depth, and getting a goalie like Svedberg more experience.
"There’s nothing more than hoping to have three and maybe even four goaltenders that you can rely on. And I think we have that in Providence right now with a young guy in [Malcolm] Subban that we anticipate good things from and is improving all the time and Sveddy [Niklas Svedberg] who has been a good goaltender there for a year and a half."
"So that’s all it is, it’s a matter of managing that part of the goaltending situation and go from there."
While Svedberg didn't get to make his debut on the first recall, Julien has been adamant about him getting his chance at some point this season.
"I think you’re going to see Sveddy here again," Julien had said, prior to Svedberg getting his second recall Thursday morning. "He’s definitely going to get some games. It’s important for those guys to get some games and to evaluate and to see where everybody is when they’ve deserved it and they’ve earned it."
"You want to work hard to get the chance up here and sometimes that’s what you try to do," Svedberg had said after his first NHL recall.
"You just have to keep working on your game every day. It’s so little, the changes, so you just try to stick to your game all the time."
The Bruins host Nashville at 7 p.m. ET at TD Garden. You can catch the game on NESN (TV) and 98.5 The Sports Hub (radio), and follow all of the latest updates on Twitter @NHLBruins ^CS.
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