Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy estimated that Tuukka Rask would need roughly eight games to regain his rhythm and return to normal. Due to a COVID-19 outbreak on the Providence Bruins’ opponent, Rask’s AHL tune-up games were canceled. Cassidy stated, “I believe he needs seven or eight starts.” The Bruins will next embark on a three-game road trip, with Rask likely to participate in at least one of them, before hosting the expansion Seattle Kraken on Feb. 1. Nobody will remember this tough ramp-up if he’s good and ready to start Game 1 for the Bruins in the playoffs. If the season ended Monday night, Boston would be the Eastern Conference’s second wild card.