David Pastrnak’s return could be as soon as Tuesday.
Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy announced the team expects the winger to be back in the lineup for Tuesday’s home game against the Islanders.
“Looks like” David Pastrnak will play tonight, per Bruce Cassidy. But will see how he is following morning skate. He’s officially a game-time decision.
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) March 19, 2019
Pastrnak has missed the Bruins’ last 16 games with a thumb injury. He hurt it in February after he fell leaving a sponsorship dinner and needed surgery.
He skated with the team Monday and said he will have modifications to his glove to support his thumb better.
“It was unfortunate I got hurt from it,” Pastrnak told the Boston Herald on Monday. “I was really upset. The last thing I wanted to do, four weeks in the gym, skating with no stick. These things happen in life. I just tried to take advantage and get better as a player.
“I put all the weight on it,” he said. “Maybe if that happened when I was 18, and 160 pounds, that wouldn’t hurt. But now I’m 190. It kind of hurt.”
Pastrnak, 22, has 66 points (31 goals, 35 assists) in the 56 games he’s played in this season.
Despite the Bruins being without one of their star players, the team has done well in his absence. They are in second place in the Atlantic Division and went 12-3-1 without him.