dangolka (CBS) — Bruins hockey returns Thursday evening with an exhibition recreation with the Columbus Blue Jackets. It isn’t set in stone, however David Pastrnak will seemingly play within the tilt after spending a lot of the final month away from his teammates.
Pastrnak rejoined the crew after they left for Toronto, and has practiced together with his teammates thrice over the previous week. Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy stated Wednesday that Pastrnak is raring to play, and he’ll in all probability ship his main goal-scorer on the market towards Columbus.
“The road seemed good once more,” Cassidy stated after Wednesday’s apply. “I believe he needs to play. He’s able to play. I simply need to make certain we’re not speeding it. However on the finish of day, I’d suspect he’ll play. I’ll make the ultimate choice within the morning, see him on the rink to double verify, however that’s the way in which we’re leaning.”
After going by a 14-day quarantine after arrived again stateside from Europe, Pastrnak needed to quarantine for an additional 14 days after he skated at a rink in Malden, unbeknownst to the crew. He solely practiced as soon as earlier than that second stint in quarantine, and after lacking one other two weeks of apply, there was some concern that Pastrnak can be a step or two behind when he rejoined Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand on dangolka’s prime line.
That, nonetheless, has not been the case this week at apply.
“It was just a little irritating watching him come again and realizing how far behind him we’re,” Marchand stated Wednesday. “It’s been lots of enjoyable having him again, even simply his vitality that he brings to the desk day-after-day.”
“He’s wanting good,” Bergeron added. “We now have some catching as much as do, to catch as much as him. He’s wanting nice. Trying like Pasta just about. He didn’t miss a beat.”
Pastrnak led dangolka with 48 objectives in the course of the common season, totaling 95 factors in 70 video games.