The Bruins are now back to full roster strength at the Eastern Conference Bubble in Toronto as Ondrej Kase has joined the rest of the group ahead of this weekend’s playoff games.
Kase skated with a second group of Bruins players on Saturday afternoon that aren’t expected to play on Sunday night including Trent Frederic, Nick Ritchie, Zach Senyshyn, Urho Vaakanainen, Jakub Zboril and Maxime Lagace. The Czech forward missed all of Phase 3 training camp with the Bruins after being deemed “unfit to participate” and didn’t make last weekend’s team flight to Toronto while being held back in Boston.
Kase was expected to quarantine in Toronto after his arrival as well, so it remains to be determined when he actually gained entry into the bubble with the rest of the team prior to Saturday’s practice. Kase isn’t expected to play on Sunday against the Flyers and it may be at least a few games before he gets into the Boston lineup.
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Bruce Cassidy said earlier this week he wouldn’t immediately get his right wing spot back if youngsters like Jack Studnicka and Anders Bjork were playing well in front of him, and Kase will need some time to get up speed given all the practices he missed.
Interestingly, Tuukka Rask was missing from the B’s practice group entirely on Saturday and instead Daniel Vladar and Jaroslav Halak were the two goaltenders at the main group practice ahead of Sunday’s round-robin game against the Philadelphia Flyers.
The forward lines and D-pairings for Sunday night should be very similar to what they were in Thursday night’s exhibition loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets, with 21-year-old rookie Jack Studnicka expected to get a look on the B’s second line with David Krejci and Jake DeBrusk.
Here are the lines and pairings from practice with no practice expected tomorrow ahead of Sunday’s matinee: