David Pastrnak

Bruins send David Pastrnak to Providence

DJ Bean
January 04, 2016 - 7:23 am
[UPDATE: 2:43 p.m.] The Bruins announced Monday afternoon that they have sent David Pastrnak to Providence. Pastrnak is returning from Finland, where he represented the Czech Republic in the World Junior Championships. Pastrnak was not at Monday's Bruins practice, but the team planned to have him examined after he suffered a minor finger injury in Finland. The Bruins did not believe the injury would affect his availability, so the demotion could be due to a numbers game. Joonas Kemppainen could return from an upper-body injury Tuesday against the Capitals. Kemppainen has not played since suffering an upper-body injury on Dec. 7. "He's day-to-day, meaning that he could be a possibility for tomorrow," Julien said of Kemppainen. If Kemppainen cannot play, the Bruins would need to either recall a forward from Providence or play seven defensemen. Kemppainen is currently on injured reserve, giving the Bruins 22 players including the suspended Brad Marchand. They will be able to activate Kemppainen without any corresponding moves, but Pastrnak's eventual return would force the Bruins to demote a player in order to stay at the 23-man limit. Patrice Bergeron returned to practice, giving the Bruins the following lines: Eriksson(/Marchand)-Bergeron-Connolly Beleskey-Spooner-Ferraro Vatrano-Kemppainen-Hayes Rinaldo-Talbot-Randell