Zdeno Chara misses Bruins' first practice in Toronto

Scott McLaughlin
July 27, 2020 - 3:41 pm

David Pastrnak was back on the ice for the Bruins' first practice in Toronto Monday afternoon, but captain Zdeno Chara was not.

According to the team, the Bruins had not yet received Chara's COVID-19 test results from Sunday, so they kept him off the ice "at direction of medical advisors until they receive the result."

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It's not the first time the Bruins have run into an issue with a delayed test result, as that was also the cause of several of their practice absences over the last two weeks.

Chara and Patrice Bergeron did speak to the media together via Zoom earlier in the day, so that would seemingly be a sign that there isn't really anything to be worried about here.

Ondrej Kase and Nick Ritchie were also absent, although both of those were expected. Kase did not even travel with the team to Toronto, but he is on their playoff roster and is expected to join them at some point soon. Ritchie did travel with the team, but was expected to miss his fourth straight practice.

Pastrnak slotted back into his usual spot on the top line with Bergeron and Brad Marchand as expected. Interestingly, top prospect Jack Studnicka remained in the second-line right wing spot alongside David Krejci and Jake DeBrusk. Anders Bjork and Karson Kuhlman may be viewed as "safer" options there given they have more NHL experience, but those two instead alternated reps on the third line with Charlie Coyle and Sean Kuraly.

With Chara absent, Matt Grzelcyk moved up to play next to Charlie McAvoy and John Moore joined Jeremy Lauzon on the third pairing.

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