Pastrnak, Vatrano expected to return for Bruins tonight


Expect to see David Pastrnak and Frank Vatrano in the Boston Bruins’ lineup tonight in Florida against the Panthers.

Pastrnak took line rushes this morning with his regular mates, Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron, while Vatrano was with Austin Czarnik and Riley Nash on the third line.

Pastrnak, the Bruins’ leading goal-scorer (19), has missed two games after undergoing an elbow procedure Friday.

“I feel good. The trainers did a good job. I’m back and I feel good,” Pastrnak said yesterday, per the Bruins’ website. “It’s always tough to watch games from the top. You want to play and you don’t want to spend any time injured. I’m happy I’m back on the ice. I missed two games, it could be worse. Always can be worse, so happy I’m back.”

Vatrano was recently recalled from a conditioning stint in the AHL. He’s yet to play an NHL game this season, after the 22-year-old was forced to undergo offseason surgery to repair torn ligaments in his foot.

The Bruins (17-14-3) could certainly use a couple of goal-scorers. They’ll enter tonight’s game with the league’s 25th-ranked offense, and are coming off a 4-2 loss to the Islanders on Tuesday.