Given the current climate we’re living in, the Bruins expected a few hiccups and complications during their Phase 3 workouts at Warrior Ice Arena.
What they likely didn’t expect, however, was taking off to Toronto without a full traveling party.
But that might be the hand that the B’s are ultimately dealt, as Bruce Cassidy noted after Saturday’s final skate in Brighton that the club could be missing a key cog on Sunday when the team heads north of the border.
“(David) Pastrnak and (Nick) Ritchie — I believe will be traveling. (Ondrej) Kase? I'm not sure. I guess I'll get confirmation on that tomorrow, but that's my understanding.”
Once again, Pastrnak, Kase, Ritchieand Paul Carey were not present on the ice during Saturday’s skate. Pastrnak and Kase only appeared in one of Boston’s 10 full-team practices at Warrior, while Ritchie has now been missing for three consecutive practices.
Yes, Pastrnak and Ritchie will still need to make up lost time in a hurry once the B’s get back on the ice up in Toronto, but things get much more complicated for a guy like Kase if he is forced to miss the club’s charter on Sunday.