BRIGHTON -- No decision has to be made on David Pastrnak until Tuesday with the St. Louis Blues in town. The 20-year-old right wing appears to be making progress with the upper body injury that’s caused him to miss the last two games. The Bruins leading goal-scorer skated on his own prior to the Bruins team practice on Sunday morning at Warrior Ice Arena, and that marked the second straight day Pastrnak made it onto the ice.
Claude Julien continued to label Pastrnak with the “day-to-day” status as he heals from an injury suffered last weekend in Colorado, but takes some optimism from his presence on skates so quickly afterward. The B's could certainly use his offensive gifts and his team-leading 10 goals scored back in the lineup as soon as possible.
“He skated today. He skated this morning,” said Julien. “He’s day-to-day, but skating is a good sign. It’s something he hadn’t done. But I deal with the players that are healthy, and until they tell me he’s ready to go I deem him day-to-day. The skating means he’s getting closer to joining the team.”
Julien continued to plug Riley Nash into Pastrnak’s spot for the Saturday night win over the Winnipeg Jets, and both Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand ended up scoring in the one-sided victory while Nash finished a plus-1 with a shot on net in15:49 of ice time. Following Pastrnak’s solo skate, the Bruins held an optional practice with Jimmy Hayes, Matt Beleskey, Adam McQuaid and Zane McIntyre among the players that went through their paces on the ice.
Julien also added that Anton Khudobin (right hand) was making the “natural progression” after playing a game with Providence on a conditioning stint, but that it was up to upper management to decide when he was ready to play for Boston again.
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.
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.