Julien unsure on Rask's playoff status

BOSTON – Bruins coach Claude Julien has said all week that he is optimistic that goalie Tuukka Rask – out since March 3 with a groin injury – will be practicing with the team next week and ready for the playoffs. But prior to the Bruins’ regular-season finale with the Sabres, Julien told the media he wasn’t so sure.

“No, I don’t have a handle on that to be honest with you,” Julien said of Rask, who has been skating with the training staff this past week. “He’s progressing but there could be setbacks as he progresses. It’s hard for me to predict, though, because if everything goes well you say ‘Well, there’s a chance,’ but at one point if he stalls a little bit and everything stays the same then you’re saying ‘He won’t be ready for the start,’ so it’s hard to tell. Nobody knows. I don’t and neither do our medical staff.”

If Rask is unable to go at the start of the playoffs, recent call-up Anton Khudobin – who made 44 saves in a 3-1 win at Ottawa Thursday – will back up Tim Thomas.