Boston Bruins

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - FEBRUARY 25: David Pastrnak #88 of the Boston Bruins looks on during the first period of the game against the Calgary Flames at TD Garden on February 25, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

By Ty Anderson,

A Rocket of a reinforcement could be on the way for the Bruins, as head coach Bruce Cassidy considers David Pastrnak a coin-flip decision for Game 4 against the Hurricanes.

“Pasta skated today briefly, did some work after in the gym, so that’s encouraging,” Cassidy said Sunday. “He’s got his skates on out there. How does that bode for [Monday]? Not sure yet, probably a little premature. Let’s see how he does in the morning, so I put him at I’d say 50/50 I guess at best right now.

“Of course that could change over 24 hours.”

The 24-year-old Pastrnak has missed the last two games with an “unfit to participate” designation, but has been in the arena for both contests, indicating that his absence is not related to COVID-19.

That intentionally-vague ‘UTP’ has made it impossible to get a read on exactly what is ailing Boston’s top goal scorer (it’s actually amazing that the NHL has found a way to get even less clear than the lower- and upper-body designations), but it’s believed Pastrnak’s injury was suffered in overtime of Game 1.

With time on their side this time around, as a back-to-back and then a matinee start made it almost impossible to get Pastrnak on the ice with his teammates, the hope is that Pastrnak will get a chance to test his body again on Monday with the hopes of suiting up later that night.

Pastrnak scored a goal and added an assist, along with three shots and four blocks, in Game 1.

Game 4 is at 8 p.m., and can be heard on 98.5 The Sports Hub, the flagship radio station of the Boston Bruins, with Bob Beers and Judd Sirott on the call.

Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter: @_TyAnderson.