David Pastrnak is almost ready to return to the ice which means some changes will have to be made to the Boston Bruins lineup.
There isn’t a hotter team than the Boston Bruins right now. They have gone on an incredible points streak. This is impressive in its own right, but they have also done all of this without there best goal scorer.
David Pastrnak has been amazing this season. He is having the best season of his career with 31 goals and 35 assists. Pastrnak was named to the All-Star team and was ready to dominate the 2nd half of the NHL season.
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Then out of nowhere we found out he was injured and would be out for at least two weeks. In a freak accident Pastrnak slipped and fell one night and injured his thumb.
Since then the Boston Bruins have been lighting the lamp at an epic rate and the team is playing some of its best hockey.
Now Pastrnak is getting closer and closer to returning to the ice. The question is does he go back to the 1st line or does he join David Krejci on the 2nd line?
The Boston Bruins struggled with depth for most of the season. Most of the goals were coming from the 1st line. Now Boston is getting scoring from all over the roster.
“If there’s time before the end of the year, [Pastrnak will] probably [play] with Krejci, because we never got a real good look at that,” Cassidy said. “That would move [Marcus] Johansson down with [Charlie] Coyle, which we’d be interested in seeing. If it’s going into the playoffs, if there’s something that lingers there, it might have to be with [Marchand and Bergeron], because thats where he’s had his most success.”
Now I agree with Cassidy here. The wealth needs to be spread all along Boston’s roster. In the playoffs you can’t rely on your 1st line to bail you out every single game.
This would give Boston two great lines as well as a decent bottom six. Jake DeBrusk has been on a tear so adding Pastrnak to the 2nd line should help him get better scoring opportunities.