The Boston Bruins have not performed since incomes a 4-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres final Thursday and had been paused for almost a complete week attributable to coronavirus-related considerations that resulted in 5 gamers getting into the league’s COVID-19 protocols listing.
Early Wednesday night, the Bruins returned to the follow ice forward of Thursday’s scheduled dwelling recreation in opposition to the New York Islanders.
Per the Related Press (h/t ESPN), Boston’s David Krejci, David Pastrnak and Craig Smith had been all cleared from the protocols listing. Jake DeBrusk and Sean Kuraly had been each on the listing as of early Wednesday night time, and coach Bruce Cassidy confirmed that Kuraly will not play Thursday, per Amalie Benjamin of the NHL’s web site.
Boston had two video games postponed through the pause.
“It felt like we had been beginning to flip the nook,” Cassidy mentioned in regards to the schedule disruption. “Even some injured guys had been again skating. Within the second you are like, ‘What now?’ And on the finish of the day, it is a kind of years you must sort of simply grind via it.
“That is the best method to say it. After which hopefully we proceed the place we left off. That is the easiest way I have a look at it. Play the hand you are dealt. Management what you may management. In order that’s the place we’re at now.”
Thursday’s matchup is ready to turn into the first skilled sporting occasion in Massachusetts to welcome paying spectators since leagues suspended seasons final March because of the pandemic.
Regardless of having accomplished a division-low 28 video games, Boston started Wednesday night fourth within the NHL East standings with 36 factors, 4 behind the Pittsburgh Penguins and two forward of the Philadelphia Flyers. The highest 4 groups from every division earn playoff berths for the 2020-21 marketing campaign.