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PASTRNAK EXPECTED TO RETURN TO BRUINS AHEAD OF SCHEDULE

According to Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy, star forward David Pastrnak is way ahead of schedule in his recovery from hip surgery and is expected to return to the lineup much sooner than expected.

Pastrnak was originally given a timetable of 5 months for his recovery from a right hip arthroscopy and labral repair that he underwent on September 16.

"I would say best guess would be he would be in with us through this week in a red, 'stay-out-of-the-heavy-stuff' jersey," Cassidy said. "And then hopefully by next week he joins us and then see how close he is to game-ready. Where that puts him exactly, I don't know."

The Bruins currently sit at 1-1-1 and have not scored a 5-on-5 goal yet this season. Pastrnak finished tied for first in the league in goals with 48 with Capitals forward Alexander Ovechkin last season. Of the 48 that Pastrnak scored, 25 were at 5-on-5, which put him at 3rd in the league behind Auston Matthews and Ovechkin.



"He is ahead of schedule from the original mid-February date," Cassidy said. "How much remains to be seen. The contact part started, he had to leave a couple practices because you just don't know how you're going to react. That's the unknown with 'Pasta' going forward. The rest of his rehab's going very well."

"It would just be how much could he recover from contact, and then when he's fully cleared to be out of harm's way with contact. That's still a little bit away, but should be before his original date of mid-February."
BRENNEN BEAUDIN
JANUARY 20, 2021  (19H02)
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