Morning Free Association: Should He Play or Should He No(t)

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David Pastrnak hasn’t played a game since he developed a mysterious injury during Game 1 of the series against Carolina. In the 8 days that he’s been sidelined, he has skated 3 days in a row at practice, even taking battle drills during yesterday’s ice time. So, the question is whether he should play this afternoon or should he not.

Bruce Cassidy commented upon his status after practice.

“Better than they were,” Cassidy said when asked of Pastrnak’s chances to play in Game 5. “He skated today, made it through practice, did a few battle drills. Some of that will depend on how he feels in the morning, if there’s residual effect. And then we’ll make a decision. The other day we thought he had an outside chance. Now I’d give it better than that.

“We’ll have to make a decision in the morning. Four o’clock game is tough. You go 7 or 8 [o’clock], you get to test it out in the morning. That’ll be the challenge for the medical stuff, but if we feel he’s 100% – no risk of further injury – he’ll be in the lineup.”

In his absence the B’s have a record of 2-1, the last game featured third period fireworks after the B’s seemed to flip the switch. If the team is gearing up to make a deep run for the cup, is it worth bringing Pasta back for this series?

If your answer is like these

which are laced with scorn toward the young winger, you would be

wrong wrong wrong

The B’s could have used his skill in that game. And just because he was a bonehead during quarantine, resulting in more Q time, doesn’t mean we have to keep piling blame upon him. He made a mistake, or even multiple mistakes, get over it.

If you believe that keeping Pasta out for one more game to fully heal up, that might be the right call. I doubt that Cassidy would keep him out if he’s ready to go for a game after which they could advance with a win.

We’ll have to see what come out of the Bruins camp regarding Pasta this morning.

Game 5 is today at 4pm on NESN and NBCSNPDQASAPOMGWTFBBQ.

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Quaider4everwash
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Quaider4everwash

Thanks, i was wondering what’s up

Satan 81's Sister
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Morning all. Forgot Mazz was a person that existed.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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He’s really the last person whose opinion on hockey should be heard.

Stripes
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I’ll be ready at four!!! Jo should be home in time for the puck drop!!

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Hi folks. What’s with the daytime games? Is it a holiday over there or something?

If Pasta’s good to go he should play. No question.

I was incommunicado yesterday in deepest rural Wales, looking at some dams. Really nice, and some sections of whitewater that would’ve made Stripes’s mouth water! I hasten to add I was not in a boat!

Caught the highlights of the game in the morning. Halak was on one of his non-going days. It happens. He’s more than capable of bouncing back.

The highlights made it look like Bjork had a decent game. Guess thy must’ve shown the only two strong plays he made!

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Stripes

There are 4 o’clock games every day! Trying to get two or three nhl games done one one surface, in one day is the challenge. Guess I’ll have to knock off early today!!
I think Halak will be fine. I love how his ability to handle the puck makes the breakout fast and easy.
Bjork was better after being shuffled to the third line. Maybe a little kick in the pants served him well.
I saw your dam pictures and was immediately interested. I’m going to have to make the trip over someday.
Our big news…. It looks like Jo’s house is sold!!!! A few weeks until closing, but what a relief!!! We’ll have cash for a contractor to finish up the house… good thing, I’m getting bogged down.

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Yeah, the plethora of games in one facility is the cause of the early games. The NBC/NHL crew
was saying they need 90 minutes between games to sanitize the benches, the locker rooms, restrooms, etc.

WOOT on Jo’s house moving! And cash freeing up!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Congrats on the house sale! Fingers crossed closing goes smoothly!

The London Bear
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Ah yes – I forgot the other games! Been keeping an eye on the results but not paying much attention beyond that.

Congrats on the house sale – great news!

Satan 81's Sister
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Sounds like you all are enjoying your week! A change of scenery these days is a definitely a good thing!