Bruins hope Pastrnak returns sooner than Backes after same procedure

Bruins hope Pastrnak returns sooner than Backes after same procedure

BRIGHTON, Mass. – David Pastrnak is expected to miss at least the next two games after getting the inflamed bursa sacs removed from his right elbow, but the Bruins are hoping it won’t be as long an absence as it was for David Backes earlier this season. 

"David underwent a successful removal of the olecranon bursa from his right elbow on Friday, December 16 at Newton Wellesley Hospital by Dr. Matthew Liebman,” said Bruins GM Don Sweeney in a team statement. “He will likely be unavailable for the games on Sunday and Tuesday.  His condition will be re-assessed on a day-to-day basis."

The 32-year-old Backes missed roughly two weeks (five games) when he had the procedure done in late October and the 20-year-old Pastrnak is expected to be out for at least the next two games against the Los Angeles Kings and New York Islanders.

It will be a potentially crippling loss for a 24th-ranked Bruins offense considering that the electric Pastrnak is second to Sidney Crosby in the NHL with his 19 goals. The young right winger has done that while already missing five games due to injury and suspension. 

Backes, however, theorizes that Pastrnak might be back sooner if his elbow wasn’t in quite the same beaten up shape that his was in when he had the procedure a couple of months ago.

“There’s no question he’s a big part of our offense, and it’s not exactly a fun procedure that he’s going through,” said Backes. “But he’s in the hands of great doctors, and hopefully he’s back even sooner than I was. He’s a young 20-year-old kid that recovers pretty quickly, and with his energy and his drive hopefully in less than a week he’s back on the ice and scoring more goals for us.

“It’s one of those things where it’s lightning striking twice for us in the same spot. You don’t expect to happen once, let alone twice, in a half-season, but the rest of us need to shoulder that load and make sure we spread it around. We need to take it upon ourselves to be better individually so we can score more goals and win more games. That’s what it’s all about.”

In the meantime, it will be up to players such as Patrice Bergeron, who has struggled offensively with just four goals this season, to pick up the pace offensively and fill the void until the Bruins get their dynamic young goal-scorer back. 

Morning Skate: Bruins troll Felger for lack of confidence

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Morning Skate: Bruins troll Felger for lack of confidence

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while the Bruins are going into troll mode.

*Here is the aforementioned “troll mode” for the Bruins now that they’ve clinched a playoff berth. They came out with a marketing campaign where they’re dragging FOH (Friend of Haggs) Mike Felger for his early season take that the Bruins season is over. He also ripped the young players at the beginning of the year as well, so they used the sound from “Felger and Mazz” with video clips of David Pastrnak and Charlie McAvoy dominating for the Black and Gold, and shots of the young players mean mugging at the camera. It definitely shows that the Bruins perhaps care a little too much about what the media thinks about them, but it’s also a fair bit of clap-back toward a take that was a little too harsh on the B’s early in the season.

*What a great piece on the Stoneman Douglas hockey team as they embark on a national hockey tournament after winning at the state level in the weeks after the Parkland shooting.

*Chicago Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman says the Hawks aren’t shaken even as they’ll be missing the playoffs for the first time in a long time. What a disappointing season.

*Despite a great season, Taylor Hall may end up missing the playoffs with the New Jersey Devils amidst his Hart Trophy-type season.

*Good news for the Toronto Maple Leafs as Auston Matthews is returning from injury ahead of the playoffs

*For something completely different: This new, updated version of the Karate Kid web series looks awesome with Billy Zabka and Ralph Macchio.



Cassidy eyeing possible Bergeron return this weekend

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Cassidy eyeing possible Bergeron return this weekend

Bruins star center Patrice Bergeron has been dealing with a fractured foot injury since late February. He sustained the injury while blocking a shot in the loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Coach Bruce Cassidy is predicting a return for Bergeron this weekend against the Minnesota Wild if he is medically cleared. He will be evaluated tomorrow.

Depending on the results from the evaluation, there might not even be a need to rush Bergeron back with the Bruins clinching a playoff berth in a 2-1 OT loss to the Blues yesterday evening.

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The Bruins currently sit six points behind the Tampa Bay Lighting for first place in the Atlantic Division. Ten games currently remain on the B’s schedule with the Presidents' Trophy also hanging in the balance.

If the B’s decide to make a run for the Presidents' Trophy, Bergeron would definitely provide a boost in play in addition to leadership for the final stretch of the regular season.