BOSTON — Former University of Maine goaltender Jeremy Swayman will make his NHL debut Tuesday for the Boston Bruins in their game at Philadelphia as the team reaches deep into its goalie depth.
The Bruins had held out hope that Jaroslav Halak, who went into the NHL’s COVID-19 protocols Monday, might be reinstated in time for Tuesday’s game if his positive test was deemed a false positive. But Halak didn’t make the trip and remains in protocols.
Tuukka Rask is on the trip as he continues to try to return to the lineup with an undisclosed upper-body injury, but he wasn’t ready to play Tuesday.
Dan Vladar started Monday’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Flyers in TD Garden. But the Bruins have avoided playing any goalie on consecutive nights.
The 22-year-old Swayman won the 2020 Mike Richter Award for college hockey’s top goalie at UMaine last year before turning professional. He’s been dominant so far at Providence with an 8-1 record, a 1.89 goals-against average and .933 save percentage.
The Bruins have not dressed two rookie goalies since Oct. 26, 2016, when Zane McIntyre played, backed up by Malcolm Subban, against the New York Rangers.
Swayman, a native of Alaska, played 100 games at UMaine from 2017-20 after being drafted by the Bruins in the fourth round in 2017. He posted a 47-40-12 record, a 2.51 GAA and a .927 save percentage for the Black Bears.
As a senior during 2019-20, Swayman was one of three finalists for the was a Hobey Baker Award given to the top college player in the country.
Swayman will be wearing the No. 1 sweater and will be the first Boston goalie to use the number since Marty Turco during the 2011-12 season.
By Matt Vautour, Masslive.com