Bruins: Pastrnak 50/50 for Game Four Return

The Boston Bruins might have David Pastrnak back in the fold for Monday’s Game Four against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Pastrnak skated with the team during part of the optional practice Sunday after he was ruled unfit to play for the past two games.

“[Pastrnak] skated today briefly,” head coach Bruce Cassidy said. “He did some work after in the gym, so that’s encouraging. He’s got his skates on out there. How does that bode for tomorrow? Not sure yet. Probably a little premature. Let’s see how he does in the morning. So I’d put him at, let’s say 50-50 at best right now. Of course, that could change over 24 hours.”

Naturally, that’s not much of an answer but it’s the nature of the beast right now to not disclose any solid information. The COVID-19 pandemic has put an information freeze of sorts in the bubble, so we don’t know what’s really going on with Pastrnak.

The Bruins have had their issues, however, but they remain up two games to one on the Hurricanes. They took Game Three Saturday by a final score of 3-1 and have seen starting netminder Tuukka Rask leave the bubble to be with his family at home.

That’s led to Jaroslav Halak becoming the man for the Bruins and he seized the opportunity on the weekend.

Getting Pastrnak back would be significant for Boston, as he’s been in and out throughout these playoffs. He had a goal and an assist in Game One against Carolina, including a helper on the Patrice Bergeron winner in OT, but he appeared to have difficulties in the contest and hasn’t played since.

During training camp, Pasta practiced just once since he needed to quarantine after returning from the Czech Republic.

The Bruins have been using Anders Bjork on the top line in Pastrnak’s absence, with Chris Wagner sometimes subbing in.

Game Four is scheduled for Monday at 8pm EST.

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