Fantastic news to start off the week!
Both David Krejci and David Pastrnak participated in the full team practice today, signaling that their absence from the team is nearing an end. They dawned green jerseys along with Tyler Randell, likely meaning that they are not quite ready to be slotted back in to the lineup, but they will be traveling to Montreal for Tuesday’s game.
Krejci has been out since suffering an upper body injury on December 27, and his status was recently upgraded from week-to-week to day-to-day. His playmaking abilities and offensive instincts are arguably the most vital part of the Bruins’ offense, and they should regain his services soon. The 29-year-old was tearing it up prior to his injury, and has 33 points on 11 goals and 22 assists in 35 games played this season.
Pastrnak has had bad luck with injuries so far season, playing in only 13 of the team’s 44 games. He returned from a fractured foot on January 8, an injury that kept him out of the Bruins’ lineup since Halloween. Just three games later, he was put on the injury report again, this time with an undisclosed upper body injury.
Pasta was playing through a finger injury that he suffered during the World Juniors, but according to DJ Bean of WEEI, this has nothing to do with his current situation.
The speedy 19-year-old winger has registered five points this season, but has not been able to get into any kind of groove due to his injuries.
Despite two of their most skilled forwards missing a combined 40 games, the Bruins currently rank fourth in the NHL in goals scored with 133, only behind the powerhouses of Dallas (154), Washington (149), and Chicago (140).
Once these two can return to the lineup for good, pray for opposing teams’ goalies.
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