Bruins Update from the Bubble

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The Bruins are set to play the Columbus Blue Jackets in their only exhibition game on July 30th at 7:00pm.

Bruins fans have had a lot of questions when it came to bubble life, Kase and Pasta’s quarantine, and what the lines will look like.  Head coach Bruce Cassidy and David Pastrnak offered up some insight to the media.

Trouble in Pasta-dice?

There’s been an awful lot of speculation as to why David Pastrnak was available one day and then gone the next. No one offered up any answers during camp but Pasta finally came clean.

It looks like he and Kase were skating offsite in Malden. It’s cool to be dedicated to the game like that but there’s rules in place for a reason. Kase did not travel with the team to Toronto and has the possibility of joining them at a later date.

Playoff Debuts & Line Changes

A lot of shuffling could be done outside of the first line. How can Cassidy make his powerhouse of a team into a postseason unit? It appears he has done some tinkering and it looks great on paper.

Jack Studnicka has shown nothing but promise since entering the Bruins organization. Before the pause, Studnick had 49 points in 60 games with the Providence Bruins. His progress is promising and enough to slot him in on that second line.

The speed of this line jumps off the paper at me. This is going to be a dangerous line and certainly one to keep an eye on. Anders Bjork looks to make his NHL playoff debut as Karson Kuhlman appears to be an odd man out.

Final Take

I’m starting to think Kase does not have COVID-19 but is maybe being reprimanded for breaking protocol. Why not Pasta? You cannot afford to do that with the top goal scorer on the team.

Studnicka and Bjork are going to be so much fun to watch. As much and I miss Heinen, I do think Bjork will pick up the slack.

This is an exhibition game and first real competition for both teams in months. Don’t fly off the handle just yet.

-Jess Belmosto FOLLOW MY NEW TWITTER@jessicabelmosto

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