Speaking to the media before Wednesday's practice, Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said he was hopeful David Pastrnak and Ondrej Kase, his top two right wings who had both missed the first two days of practice due to international quarantine protocols, would both be back on the ice.
Cassidy has said he wasn't too concerned about Pastrnak and Kase missing a couple early practices, as long as it didn't stretch much beyond that. Both were able to skate back home in the Czech Republic -- before most of their North American counterparts, in fact -- so it's not like they're coming in completely cold.
Cassidy said Pastrnak always takes care of himself anyway and is hopeful he can get back to his league-leading goal-scoring form quickly.
"Pasta’s always in good shape, so I’m sure he was doing what he needed to do to get ready over there," Cassidy said. "We didn’t monitor them on a daily basis. Let’s get him on the ice and see how he is. I suspect he’ll get right back up to speed. He’s a guy who loves the game. I’m sure he was around it in some capacity whether it was rollerblading, skating, firing pucks, whatever he was doing in his spare time.
"Like the other guys, I’m sure he’ll take a little bit of time to get going, but I anticipate he’ll pick up where he left off, but time will tell on that part. Timing is important this time of the year, I think for everybody. You can’t help but think it’s going to be off a little bit. The team that gets it back the quickest, the individuals who get it back the quickest, especially with his shot. He’s got a great one-timer. His release is second to none in the National Hockey League. Let’s hope that’s up to speed, but again, until he gets out there and plays at a high speed with people around him, it’s anybody’s guess. But I anticipate he’ll be fine."