The Boston Bruins are set for a tough match up against what appear to be the playoff bound Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night. It is likely to be a tough contest for the Bruins as the Blue Jackets are still trying to lock themselves in to a Wild Card position in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs so you can certainly expect them to enter tonight's contest with a playoff mentality.
Not only are the Bruins headed for a tough match up this evening however but there also have been a ton of updates on the day regarding the status of some of Boston's most important roster players. The Bruins held their morning skate on Saturday ahead of the match up against the Blue Jackets and there was a great deal of information regarding the status of players like David Pastrnak, Jake DeBrusk and even defenseman Torey Krug.
The update on Krug was by far the most negative so we will begin with that. In one of the biggest pieces of news on the day Boston Bruins insider Joe Haggerty revealed that Krug had been placed under the National Hockey League's concussion protocol, presumably as a result of the talented defenseman feeling some form of concussion like symptoms on the day. What is interesting is that the injury is believed to have occurred all the way back on Tuesday when Krug was the victim of a big hit in the third period against the aforementioned Blue Jackets, and the Bruins have since already played a game. No word yet on what Krug's status might look like after the concussion protocol but obviously this is not a good sign for the Bruins.
There were some good signs however in practice, most notably regarding the status of Jake DeBrusk. Not only was DeBrusk out on the ice participating in a full practice alongside his teammates but it has also now been widely reported that there is an expectation he will suit up tonight when the Bruins face off against Columbus.
Pastrnak on the other hand was also out on the ice with his teammates although Matt Porter of the Boston Globe was quick to point out that he still "appears limited." Nonetheless it's another sign that Pastrnak is drawing closer and closer to a return. Pastrnak is expected to skate on Monday and the Bruins are expected to clear up his status at that point.