Pasta back on the menu for Boston

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David Pastrnak declared himself good to go on Friday and it looks like he will be in the lineup for his season debut on Saturday night against Washington. Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said final clearance for Pastrnak won’t come until Saturday morning, but that may just be a formality. He thinks there’s a “good chance” that Pastrnak will play on Saturday and the Boston superstar said “I’m pretty sure I’m ready to go.” This is a big boost to a Bruins team that is already 5-1-1 this season and for fantasy managers that kept him stashed away on injured reserve.

Vegas' upcoming two-game series against San Jose has been postponed. The matches were slated for February 1 and February 3, but they will be rescheduled. This comes after Vegas’ match against St. Louis, which was originally scheduled for Thursday, was also postponed. The Golden Knights currently have four members, including three coaches, being isolated in connection with the NHL's COVID protocol. Alex Pietrangelo is the only player on the team on the COVID protocol-related absence list at this time.

The Carolina Hurricanes got Teuvo Teravainen, Warren Foegele and Jordan Martinook removed from COVID protocol on Friday. They can practice and skated among a limited group on Friday, but they have not been cleared to play yet. Jaccob Slavin and Jesper Fast remain on the COVID protocol list.

Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Ilya Samsonov and Dmitry Orlov of the Washington Capitals remain in COVID protocol as well. They are considered to be day-to-day. They can't practice or play until they are cleared.

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Minnesota’s Kevin Fiala received a three-game suspension for boarding Los Angeles blueliner Matt Roy.

Patrik Laine has arrived in Columbus and could be in the lineup for the Blue Jackets as soon as Tuesday if his COVID protocols, including a 48-hour quarantine, go smoothly.

There's still no timetable for Nico Hischier, but New Jersey coach Lindy Ruff stated on Friday that the Devils forward hasn't suffered any setbacks and he's progressing.

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COLUMBUS 2 CHICAGO 1

Coming off a 3-2 shootout win over Florida on Thursday night, Columbus defeated Chicago for a second straight victory on Friday night.

Joonas Korpisalo, who was off on Thursday, stopped 31 of 32 shots to lift his record to 2-1-2 on the season.

Kevin Lankinen performed well in the defeat with 25 saves, but suffered his first loss in regulation. He currently has a mark of 2-1-2 as well.

Oliver Bjorkstrand was the offensive star of the night with one goal and one assist. He opened the scoring during a Columbus power play in what was an uneventful first period. There were just seven shots on goal between the two teams.

Cam Atkinson and Zach Werenski earned helpers on Bjorkstrand’s third goal of 2020-21.

Eric Robinson scored his second goal of the year after he was sprung for a partial breakaway by Bjorkstrand.

Dylan Strome’s third marker of the season got Chicago on the board just past the midway point of the second stanza. He scored on a Blackhawks power play from Patrick Kane and Dominik Kubalik.