Cahier des Bruins: Ondrej Kasé should play Monday, Charlie Coyle should return for the playoffs
Bruce Cassidy expects to hear from Bruins medical staff a lot in the coming days as he establishes his team’s roster for their final two home games.
He expects to find the long-injured Ondrej KasÃ© in the lineup on Monday against the New York Islanders. Cassidy wanted to hear from the medical staff before determining what to do next. KasÃ© has been absent since the second game of the season due to a concussion.
âIt will be his call and that of the medical team,â Cassidy said. âIf they tell me he’s ready and wants to get in, the sooner the better. Because maybe he needs another game. They may recommend not to start with a back to back, but we may not have a choice here. That’s all we have, it’s Monday through Tuesday. The decision to relieve him is no longer available.
âWe’d love to see him get in there, obviously, but they have to make that call,â Cassidy continued. “I’m ready to put it on as soon as it’s available.”
Cassidy expects Charlie Coyle to be available in the playoffs. The pros and cons of playing the injured striker, who returns from an upper body injury, before that, also depends on the medical staff.
âI don’t know if he will play those two games,â Cassidy said. âI have to check with the medical staff and see what the risk / reward is, or is it better to just prepare it for the playoffs. Because he will be ready for the playoffs. If he doesn’t make those two games, are we more likely to be injured if he does return? Does he need a game or two to prepare? “
GUARDIAN PLANS – According to Cassidy, Tuukka Rask is scheduled to start on Monday against the New York Islanders. Jeremy Swayman will start against Washington on Tuesday.
RITCHIE CAREER HIGH IN GOALS – Nick Ritchie was honored between periods on Saturday as the winner of the 7th NESN Player Award, which is presented annually to a player who exceeds expectations. The honor seemed appropriate the day he scored his 15th goal, the most he’s had in a single season despite this year’s shortlist.
HOCKEY UMASS HONORED – UMass hockey coach Greg Carvel and five players were honored in Saturday’s game for their Hockey East Championship as well as their NCAA Championship. They were recognized and shown on the Garden video board during a first half stoppage.
The Hockey East Tournament Championship banner that hangs in the TD Garden near the center scoreboard has been updated to include the UMass title.
Zac Jones, an American defenseman for the Minutemen in 2020-21, turned pro after the season and was part of the Rangers roster. Jones got an assist in 17:34 of ice time with his former coach to watch.
CHANGES TO COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS – The NHL and the NHL Players Association have announced relaxed restrictions on fully vaccinated teams and individuals who will come into play for the start of the NHL playoffs which begin next week.
An individual is considered to be fully vaccinated after two weeks after receiving their last dose of vaccine. A fully vaccinated club is a team where 85% of travelers have been fully vaccinated.
Teams that have reached those numbers can operate under relaxed restrictions for activities together, including wearing masks, social distancing, eating together, gatherings, travel, sauna, steam rooms and golf. Unvaccinated people still face stricter standards for masks and social distancing and will eat separately.
Teams still face restrictions when interacting with people outside of their traveling party.
âWe’re not at 85% yet,â Cassidy said. âA lot of our guys haven’t taken the second blow yet. Hopefully at some point we will get there. I think the timing (for the second shot) is this week. “
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