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Tuukka Rask to start tonight

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  December 28, 2011 02:26 PM

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Tuukka Rask will start tonight against Phoenix. Rask has shutouts in his last two starts, including an 8-0 thumping of Florida before the holiday break.

Tim Thomas will start Saturday against Dallas. Coach Claude Julien said Thomas improves with rest, thus the decision to give Rask (7-4-1, 1.66 GAA, .944 save percentage) a second straight appearance. Rask will bring a 155:10 shutout streak into tonight.

* Rich Peverley will not play tonight because of an undisclosed injury. Peverley skated this morning, then stayed on for extra work. Barring a setback, Peverley will practice tomorrow. Julien was optimistic that Peverley will play against Dallas.

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