From the NHL Newswire at 985TheSportsHub.com.
Bruins winger David Pastrnak is traveling with the team to New York as he continues to recover from a thumb injury. He could play as soon as Tuesday against the Islanders, according to head coach Bruce Cassidy.
Pastrnak recently resumed skating and stickhandling. But on Monday he practiced in full and took his usual place on the top line with Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron, indicating he’ll be back at that spot when he returns to game action. Pastrnak has been out since Feb. 11 with the thumb injury, missing 16 games between then and Tuesday.
If Pastrnak returns on Tuesday, Monday’s practice lines indicate that Danton Heinen will move down to the third line to play left wing with Sean Kuraly and Chris Wagner. Charlie Coyle skated on David Krejci’s right wing as Marcus Johansson (bruised lung) remains out.
#NHLBruins practice lines:— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) March 18, 2019
Marchand - Bergeron - Pastrnak (!)
DeBrusk - Krejci - Coyle
Heinen - Kuraly - Wagner
Nordstrom - Acciari - Backes
Chara - McAvoy
Moore - Carlo
Kampfer - Clifton
Cassidy also said that Tuukka Rask will start in goal against the Islanders on Tuesday.
Per Fluto Shinzawa, Johansson skated before practice on Monday along with defensemen Torey Krug (concussion), Kevan Miller (upper body), and Matt Grzelcyk (forearm).
Cassidy told reporters that Krug is “feeling much better” and will travel with the team. While Miller won’t travel to New York, there’s a chance that both he and Grzelcyk return at some point on their upcoming road trip.
The Bruins hit the road to play the Islanders, Devils, Panthers, and Lightning over the next eight days. It’s possible that the roster is back to full strength by the time they play top-seeded Tampa next Monday.
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