The Boston Bruins got some great news hours before their Original 6 tilt with the New York Rangers Saturday afternoon (3 PM ET, ABC, ESPN+).
Just over an hour before faceoff at TD Garden, Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy announced that winger David Pastrnak, defenseman Hampus Lindholm and goalie Linus Ullmark will all return to the lineup for this important playoff-seeding matchup. Ullmark will get the starting nod between the pipes for the first time in three games.
We’ve got updates from Coach Cassidy:
David Pastrnak, Hampus Lindholm, and Linus Ullmark are all IN this afternoon against the Rangers. pic.twitter.com/WLe2rb3NWO
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) April 23, 2022
Cassidy said that while the trio would return Saturday, they won’t be in the lineup Sunday in Montreal when the Bruins play the Canadiens.
“They felt good yesterday. The plan was for them to play one of the games this weekend,” Cassidy said. “They wouldn’t play back-to-back, which might be a bit premature, but that was the messaging I got. They’re going to go in today. Hopefully they get through today’s game and feel great. Then, they’re back in on Tuesday for good.”
David Pastrnak has missed the last nine games after suffering what’s believed to be a core injury in an awkward fall off a faceoff in a 3-2 overtime win for the Boston Bruins on April 4. Despite being out for just under three weeks, and thanks to Brad Marchand being in a monster scoring drought (no goals in nine games), the Bruins star winger still leads the team in goals with 38 lamplighters to go with 33 assists in 69 games.
Hampus Lindholm has missed eight games since suffering a lower-body injury the next night in a 5-3 loss to the Detroit Red Wings. He has four assists in seven games since being acquired from the Anaheim Ducks just hours before the March 21 NHL Trade Deadline. Lindholm has five goals and 21 assists playing in 68 games total with the Boston Bruins and Ducks.
Linus Ullmark left with a upper-body injury after the first period of a 3-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators on April 14 and has missed three games since then. Ullmark is 23-10-2 with a 2.57 GAA and .912 save percentage.
With Pastrnak, Lindholm and Ullmark back, the roster for the Boston Bruins today will likely be the one they play in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.
Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron– Jake DeBrusk
Taylor Hall – Erik Haula – David Pastrnak
Trent Frederic – Charlie Coyle – Craig Smith
Nick Foligno – Tomáš Nosek – Curtis Lazar
Hampus Lindholm – Charlie McAvoy
Matt Grzelcyk – Brandon Carlo
Derek Forbort – Connor Clifton