David Pastrnak was a surprise scratch for the Boston Bruins in Game 2 of their First Round series against the Carolina Hurricanes. Pastrnak had a goal and an assist in the Bruins Game 1 victory, but appeared to hurt himself while celebrating Patrice Bergeron’s overtime winner.
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Pastrnak did not skate on Friday. The Bruins did not hold a full practice, but rather had an optional skate after playing back-to-back games to open the series. That could prevent Pastrnak from realistically returning, according to his coach.
“Pasta did not skate today, so I would say he could still possibly play [on Saturday],” said Bruce Cassidy in his media availability. “But with a 12 o’clock game, no real opportunity to test it in a morning skate like your typical 7 o’clock game, would make it difficult. We’ll make that evaluation in the morning.”
Even if David Pastrnak can’t suit up, the Bruins are likely to have a different look on Saturday afternoon.
“No, I do,” Cassidy said when asked if he foresees lineup changes. “We had some guys go on the ice today. There’s always the day-to-day bumps and bruises, so to sit here and tell you our lineup might be inaccurate because of that.
“But we’ll be making some changes both at forward and D. Some of that is to get some energy in the lineup and change the look of our forward group.”