The Bruins continued their rapid ramp-up toward playoff hockey on Tuesday morning, with the club participating in Day 2 of its Return To Play camp. Here are a few takeaways from Tuesday’s on-ice session.
Pastrnak, Kase still absent
For the second day in a row, the Bruins were without a pair of their top-six wingers, as David Pastrnak and Ondrej Kase were both not spotted on the ice. A number of skaters who did not participate on Monday did make an appearance, with Anton Blidh, Urho Vaakanainen, Dan Vladar and Max Legace all present and accounted for.
Along with Pastrnak and Kase, Trent Frederic was not spotted on the ice during Tuesday's full-group workout, but the Providence skater appeared at Warrior later Tuesday afternoon, working with skating and skills coach Kim Brandvold.
While the new parameters involved with reporting injuries prevents teams from shedding much light on player absences in this Return To Play plan, Bruce Cassidy did note that he expects both Pastrnak and Kase will be given the green light to return as soon as Wednesday, with the wingers likely held up due to international quarantine protocols set in place.
"What happens with some of these guys, again, 'unable to practice or unfit', whatever the terminology is — is all-encompassing," Cassidy said. "They weren't on the ice today. Some of that has to do with the timing of testing, returning from Europe, etc. So it's not necessarily an injury or a positive test in a lot of these cases. Tomorrow, I'm anticipating they'll skate."
With Pastrnak and Kase both out, the Bruins switched up their top-six grouping again during rushes — with Anders Bjork skating in place of Pastrnak on Boston's top line, while Karson Kuhlman logged minutes with David Krejci and Jake DeBrusk.
Here is the lineup from Tuesday's practice:
Marchand – Bergeron – Bjork
DeBrusk – Krejci – Kuhlman
Ritchie – Coyle – Kuraly
Nordstrom – Lindholm – Wagner
Carey – Studnicka – Senyshyn
Chara – McAvoy
Krug – Carlo
Grzelcyk – Lauzon
Moore – Clifton
No urgency needed for missing skaters - yet