David Pastrnak

Bruins not concerned about David Pastrnak injury; Joonas Kemppainen nears return

DJ Bean
January 03, 2016 - 8:08 am

The Bruins are not overly concerned about an injury for David Pastrnak that became apparent during the World Junior Championships. While playing for the Czech Republic, Pastrnak was spotted with tape on his right index finger. The team referred to it as a "small injury that he was able to play through" at World Juniors. The Bruins do not expect the injury to affect Pastrnak's availability, though he will be evaluated by Bruins doctors. Pastrnak is expected to be available to the Bruins in the coming days and could be a possibility to play Tuesday against the Capitals. Same goes for Joonas Kemppainen, who has not played since Dec. 7 due to an upper-body injury. "He'€™s close to being available," Claude Julien said. "I haven'€™t been told that he'€™s in for sure, but pretty close." Patrice Bergeron did not practice Sunday, with Julien calling it a maintenance day. That led to some interesting lines in practice, with the suspended Brad Marchand centering Loui Eriksson and Brett Connolly. On defense, Colin Miller is back after Saturday'€™s recall and was skating on Boston'€™s second pairing with Dennis Seidenberg. Zach Trotman, who has played in just one of the Bruins'€™ last 10 games, was skating on the top pair with Zdeno Chara while the Joe Morrow-Kevan Miller pairing that got torched in the Winter Classic appeared to be the extra pairing. lines and pairings in Sunday'€™s practice were as follows: Beleskey-Spooner-Ferraro Eriksson-(Marchand)-Connolly Vatrano-Kemppainen-Hayes Rinaldo-Talbot-Randell Chara-Trotman Seidenberg-Colin Miller Krug-McQuaid (Morrow-Kevan Miller)