Tuukka Rask misses practice, Ondrej Kase rejoins Bruins

Scott McLaughlin
August 01, 2020 - 2:57 pm
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There were a few important pieces of news that came from Saturday's Bruins practice.

The first is that goalie Tuukka Rask was not there. Coach Bruce Cassidy said afterwards that Rask "wasn't feeling well" Saturday and so he was "unfit to participate." Cassidy said he would talk to Rask again later in the day Saturday to determine his availability for Sunday's round-robin opener against the Flyers. If he can't go, Jaroslav Halak will start in net.

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The second is that winger Ondrej Kase was finally back with the Bruins. Kase, whom the Bruins acquired at the trade deadline, has missed all but one day of team activities since the team returned to the ice nearly three weeks ago. He was not cleared to travel with the team to Toronto on Sunday, but finally was on Friday.

Contrary to previous reports, Kase did not have to quarantine again when he arrived in Toronto. He skated with the Bruins' secondary group Saturday, not the main group, and will not play Sunday. Cassidy said his availability for Wednesday's game against the Lightning will be determined in the coming days.

Speaking to reporters Saturday afternoon, Kase declined to get into any specifics about why he had to miss so much time.

Nick Ritchie, who took part in the Bruins' optional morning skate on Thursday, practiced with the full team Saturday for the first time in over a week. Like Kase, though, he also won't play Sunday and will have his availability for Wednesday determined in the coming days.

And saving perhaps the best news for last, Brad Marchand was a full participant in Saturday's practice after leaving Thursday night's exhibition game against Columbus midway through the third period with what appeared to be some sort of groin issue. Cassidy said Marchand "looked fine" and should be "100 percent" for Sunday.

Jack Studnicka remained on the Bruins' second line Saturday and should be there again Sunday after a stellar effort Thursday. The third line featured Anders Bjork and a rotation of Sean Kuraly and Karson Kuhlman on the wings. Kuraly started Thursday's game there, but was dropped down to more fourth-line shifts as the game went on with Kuhlman getting more regular shifts on the third line.

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