NHL: Boston Bruins at Minnesota Wild

CHARLIE McAVOY

With only two practices left until the Bruins head to Toronto for the NHL’s restart, their roster remains incomplete with several key parts missing. The good news was that defenseman Charlie McAvoy, who leads the Bruins in time on ice, and Joakim Nordstrom both practiced Thursday.

David Pastrnak and Ondrej Kase missed their sixth consecutive workout and their eighth of nine since training camp started, while Nick Ritchie missed his first practice.

While Pastrnak’s agent explained earlier that his client has tested negative for coronavirus but was isolating because he’d been exposed to someone who had been potentially positive, the Bruins are limited in what they can say. He, Kase and Ritchie are still officially “Unfit to Practice.

Bruins president Cam Neely said earlier this week that he didn’t expect either player back until they arrived in Canada.

The Bruins were mostly off Wednesday with no formal workout. They’ll practice again Friday and Saturday. On Sunday the team will depart for Toronto, the Eastern Conference hub city for the restart that begins next week. Boston will face Columbus in an exhibition game Tuesday.

The next couple days of testing are medically critical to all United States-based teams for heading to Toronto or the Western Conference hub city of Edmonton as negative or inconclusive coronavirus tests, could lead to players arriving late.

Tuesday, July 28 – Boston vs. Columbus, Exhibition, 7 p.m.

Sunday, August 2 -Round Robin Game vs. Philadelphia Flyers, 3 p.m.

Wednesday, August 5 -Round Robin Game vs. Tampa Bay Lightning, 4 p.m.

Saturday, August 9 -Round Robin Game vs. Washington Capitals

Tuesday, August 11 - First Round of Stanley Cup Playoffs begins

Tuesday, August 25 -Second Round of Stanley Cup Playoffs begins

Tuesday, September 8 -Conference Finals begin

Tuesday, September 22 -Stanley Cup Final begins