BRIGHTON, Mass. – Bruins leading scorer David Pastrnak had a procedure done on his right elbow and will miss at least the next two games, Sunday against the Los Angeles Kings and Tuesday against the New York Islanders.
David Pastrnak had a procedure done on his right elbow and will be out for Sunday vs. LA and Tuesday night's game— Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) December 17, 2016
Bruins GM Don Sweeney said Pastrnak, 20, who is second to Sidney Crosby in the NHL with 19 goals, underwent a similar elbow procedure that teammate David Backes had earlier this season. Backes missed five games and about two weeks of action. Sweeney said Pastrnak will be re-assessed on a day-to-day basis.
Pastrnak has undergone the same elbow procedure as David Backes earlier this season. Backes missed 5 games & roughly two weeks of action— Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) December 17, 2016
The successful removal of the olecranon bursa in Pastrnak's right elbow was performed Friday at Newton Wellesley Hospital.
Without Pastrnak, the Bruins spent some time on Saturday morning poring over a power play that’s been a lacking work-in-progress all season. That’s a welcomed thing, considering that the B’s are just 2-for-24 on the man-advantage this month.
Riley Nash (personal reasons) and Joe Morrow (maintenance day) were also missing from Saturday's practice at Warrior Ice Arena.
Kevan Miller was back practicing after exiting early from the overtime loss to Pittsburgh, and then missing altogether Thursday night’s loss to the Anaheim Ducks with a flu-like illness.
That gave the Bruins less-than-full roster for a rare full practice these days, but Claude Julien still put the Black and Gold through an hour-long practice with special teams and battle drills as the main points of emphasis. Here are the line combos and D-pairings from Saturday’s practice: