Ramblings: cancellations; Smith’s start; Pastrnak update; power plays – January 26

Michael Clifford

2021-01-26

Important Boston Bruins update as David Pastrnak was skating with a white sweater in practice yesterday. That is generally an indicator that a player is getting closer to returning. The Bruins have a pair of games at home this week before a short four-game road trip. Pastrnak getting in another 10 days of practice before returning for Boston's home games in early February makes some sense, but I'm just guessing here. Cassidy did say, at the least, that he won't be suiting for those two coming home games.

It should be mentioned that both Patrice Bergeron and Matt Grzelcyk missed that same practice, the latter also having missed the team's most recent game.

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Be sure to check your waiver wires for Ty Smith. He has taken over the top PP duties from P.K. Subban and quite honestly looked great on Sunday night against the Islanders. The usual caveats for young players apply but he looked a year early last year. At this moment in time, he looks like he truly belongs. He is an exciting player to watch.

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The Blackhawks announced DeBrincat and Boqvist to the COVID list. There is no telling how long they’ll be out but with four games this week, fantasy owners may have a tough decision to make with DeBrincat and whether to start him.

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There was only one game in the NHL last night and it was a late game between Ottawa and Vancouver. This won't be the norm for the season, but it will be the norm for this week as days alternate between 1-2 games on MWF and 12-14 games on TThSa. With the scheduling problems the NHL is having – more on those in a minute – it may not be the last time we have a week like this, but it's the last time we're supposed to have a week like this, at any rate.

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Evan Rodrigues was absent from Penguins practice on Mon