The Bruins were given some good news Wednesday with the word that all three of the team’s injured regulars — winger David Pastrnak, defenseman Hampus Lindholm, and goalie Linus Ullmark — all took part in a practice back in Boston.
“All skated today in Boston, so [they’re] closer for the weekend,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said ahead of an optional practice in Pittsburgh. “I haven’t heard whether they’ll be in or out.”
The most positive update seemed to come in regards to Ullmark, who has been missing from the last two games after taking a puck off the mask last Thursday, ahead of a back-to-back weekend slate against the Rangers and Canadiens.
“I believe Ullmark will definitely play this weekend if he has no setbacks [Thursday],” Cassidy said. “So he’s looking good. He’s the closest to getting back in. Good with the back to back [coming up], obviously [Troy] Grosenick’s here and we’d would use him if need be, but it’s a little easier to have Linus back in that regard.”
Ullmark hit the shelf in the midst of a white-hot run for the Bruins (and at the perfect time given Jeremy Swayman’s struggles at that point), with six wins and a .935 save percentage in his last nine appearances.
As for Pastrnak and Lindholm, the Bruins are still in a bit of a holding pattern when it comes to both players.
“We’re still waiting,” Cassidy said when asked about Pastrnak and Lindholm. “Both skating full sessions with [skating and skills coach] Kim [Brandvold] back home, but whether they’re cleared to play or not [for] Saturday is still up in the air.”
Pastrnak, who has been dealing with an apparent core issue since a Mar. 18 game in Winnipeg, has been out of action for the last seven games after appearing to aggravate the injury in a tie-up with the Jackets’ Vladislav Gavrikov on Apr. 4. Lindholm, meanwhile, has been out with a lower-body injury suffered in a collision with Detroit’s Pius Suter on Apr. 5.
The Bruins will be without all three for one more game, but will look to keep it rolling Thursday against the Penguins.
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