David Pastrnak won't travel to Pittsburgh, Bruins mum on Joonas Kemppainen

DJ Bean
December 17, 2015 - 7:41 am

[caption id="attachment_54637" align="alignright" width="150"] David Pastrnak[/caption] WILMINGTON -- David Pastrnak practiced with teammates once again on Thursday, but he is not yet closing in on a return to the Bruins' lineup. Claude Julien said following the practice that Pastrnak, who has not played since Oct. 31 due to a non-displaced fracture in his foot, will not travel with the team for Friday's game in Pittsburgh. The Bruins are exploring options regarding a possible conditioning stint for the 19-year-old right wing, with Providence perhaps the best of the options. Another would be sending him to play World Juniors in Finland next week, but at this time it's believed the player's preference is to stay in North America. As for Joonas Kemppainen, Claude Julien was mum on the status of the injured center. Kemppainen has not played since Dec. 7 and remains on injured reserve with an upper-body injury. The team has given no indication as to how long he'll be out, though Julien said that the first-year NHLer is not close to a return. "I think they said he was out for a while, didn'€™t they?"€ Julien said when asked of his status. The Bruins had not said anything that specific, though Julien's words suggest it could be a bit before Kemppainen returns to game action. He has not yet resumed practicing with the team.