David Pastrnak, out the last two games because of elbow surgery, participated in today’s optional practice at Warrior Ice Arena. Claude Julien said it’s possible that Pastrnak could play on the road trip, either tomorrow against Florida or Friday against Carolina. The 19-goal scorer has not dressed since last Thursday against Anaheim.
Julien also said Frank Vatrano could play on the trip. It would be the season debut for Vatrano following preseason foot surgery.
If both Pastrnak and Vatrano get the green light, the Bruins would have to sit two wings. Noel Acciari and Tim Schaller are at the highest risk of taking a seat. Neither performed well in last night’s 4-2 loss to the Islanders. Jimmy Hayes would have been a candidate to be a healthy scratch, but the right wing has rediscovered his legs and hands in the last two games.
Today’s practice lineup:
Ryan Spooner-Tim Schaller-David Pastrnak
Frank Vatrano-Austin Czarnik-Riley Nash
Anton Blidh-Noel Acciari-Jimmy Hayes
Kevan Miller-Colin Miller
Joe Morrow-Adam McQuaid