This just in, Boston Bruins sniper David Pastrnak will NOT play in tonight's pivotal Game 2 matchup against the Carolina Hurricanes. Pastrnak has officially been deemed "unfit to play."
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That's... that ain't good if you're a B's fan.
The 24 year old Czech sniper has been absolute MONEY for the Bruins this season and he's arguably the team's most lethal offensive weapon. Together with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand, the trio comprise the best line in hockey. Taking Pastrnak out of the lineup will have an astronomical impact on his team's roster. Look for Anders Bjork or Nick Ritchie to get a big promotion to the top line in Pastrnak's absence. It's also possible that Ondrej Kase plays in Pastrnak's spot, but he seems to have developed some good chemistry with second line center David Krejci.
This much is clear though, whoever takes Pastrnak's spot in the Bruins' lineup will have some big skates to fill. You don't just plug in a guy like Ritchie or Bjork and expect the same kind of play you'd expect out of a 48 goal scorer like Pastrnak. No doubt about it, the Bruins will have to drastically adjust their gameplan with Pastrnak on the IR.