WILMINGTON, Mass. – After a day off on Monday and a rare noontime start to practice on Tuesday at Ristuccia Arena, the Bruins were still missing a pair of bodies from the ice as they convened a couple of days of practice prior to Thursday night’s tilt vs. the Colorado Avalanche. David Pastrnak still isn’t on the ice after missing the last four games with a bruised bone in his foot, and Torey Krug was also missing from the Tuesday afternoon practice session.
Claude Julien said post-practice Krug was missing with a "maintenance day" coming off a full off-day on Monday, and didn't sound all that optimistic on Pastrnak.
"He's still not ready to go, obviously. I haven't heard much from our training staff," said Julien, who thought Pastrnak's foot originally ruled a bone contusion was being reevaluated on Tuesday. "They told me he's not available, so it doesn't look good, I guess, as we speak. I thought I was expecting him to be back today, so we'll see what comes out of that."
Julien also opted to stick with the line changes he adopted in the Sunday win over the New York Islanders, and that meant keeping Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand separated while maintaining the impressive Frank Vatrano in a top-six spot.
Here are the line combos and D-pairings from Tuesday’s practice with Krug and Pastrnak both missing from the ice: