NHL Buzz: Halak to be placed in COVID-19 protocol for Bruins

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Boston Bruins

Jaroslav Halak will be placed on the NHL COVID-19 protocol list, coach Bruce Cassidy said Monday.

“Jaro popped a positive test,” Cassidy said. “We’ve got to follow up with more testing for him. So he wasn’t able to go on the ice per protocol. So when we get more information on that, we’ll pass it on. … We’ll worry about tomorrow when we get more info.”

Dan Vladar, who was previously scheduled to play, will start against the Philadelphia Flyers (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, NESNplus, NBCSP, NHL.TV) in the first of back-to-back games against Philadelphia.

The Bruins are also without Tuukka Rask, who grabbed his back in a game against the New Jersey Devils on March 7, then missed six games before returning March 25 against the New York Islanders. Rask played the first period in that game, before exiting. He has not played since and is on injured reserve.

“Tuukka skated,” Cassidy said. “He’s getting better. But he’s not playing tonight and he’s not playing tomorrow. He’ll travel with us, get some work and see where it ends up.”

After the game Tuesday, the Bruins visit the Washington Capitals on Thursday and Flyers on Saturday. 

Forward Jake DeBrusk will return after missing six games because of COVID-19. He said he lost his sense of smell and taste, but that his lungs were not affected. — Amalie Benjamin

 

Pittsburgh Penguins

Tristan Jarry could return against the New York Rangers on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVAS, MSG, ATTSN-PT, NHL.TV). 

Jarry said he was “back to 100 percent” after practice Monday. The goalie has missed two games since sustaining an upper-body injury in the first period of a 2-1 win against the New York Islanders on March 29. 

“I felt really good out there,” Jarry said. “I guess it was a little bit of a blessing that it happened now and we still have some games left in the season.”

Casey DeSmith started two games against the Boston Bruins in Jarry’s absence. DeSmith made 30 saves in a 4-1 win on Thursday before allowing six goals on 27 shots in a 7-5 loss on Saturday. 

“You look at this week coming up, we’re playing four games in six nights,” Sullivan said. “So we’re going to rely on both of these guys.” 

Forward Brandon Tanev is week to week with an upper-body injury sustained Saturday. Tanev returned Thursday after missing six games with an upper-body injury. — Wes Crosby

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