Zdeno Chara set for Bruins reunion, other NHL storylines to follow

Zdeno Chara #33 of the Washington Capitals. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Zdeno Chara #33 of the Washington Capitals. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) /
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Zdeno Chara (33)
Zdeno Chara #33 of the Washington Capitals. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) /

Zdeno Chara‘s emotional reunion with the Boston Bruins is just one of many compelling storylines in the NHL tonight.

Another day means another slate of mouthwatering hockey in the NHL with an 11-game schedule set for tonight after the Buffalo Sabres beat the New Jersey Devils in a 4-3 Shootout earlier today. And, chief among the many plot lines throughout tonight’s games will be Zdeno Chara going up against his former team.

Chara will face the Boston Bruins later for the first time since he signed a one-year, $1,525,000 deal with the Washington Capitals in the offseason, a team he spent 14 long and hugely successful years with, winning one Stanley Cup and recording 481 points (148 G, 333 A) in 1,023 career regular-season games. Although the game is not in Boston, it will still be an emotional night for the former Bruins Captain who will go up against some very close friends.

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Of course, that isn’t the only intriguing storyline to get your teeth stuck into given that a number of teams will be looking to bounce back following defeats earlier in the week, while we should also see the return of David Pastrnak for the Boston Bruins tonight.

With a whole buffet of action to look forward to once again, let’s delve into some of the most eye-catching talking points we are looking forward to following as the night unfolds with a boatload of entertainment guaranteed once again in the National Hockey League.

The Main Storylines to follow across the NHL on another busy night

David Pastrnak (88)
David Pastrnak #88 of the Boston Bruins. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

Pasta back on the menu

Yes, after missing the first couple of weeks of the 2020-21 NHL season following hip surgery during the offseason, David Pastrnak will make his season debut for the Boston Bruins at the Washington Capitals tonight, and it will be both a welcome and timely boost for the B’s.

Although they have begun to hit their stride as of late and currently sit second in the East Division with a 5-1-1 record, the Bruins struggled out of the gate and didn’t score a single goal at 5-on-5 in the opening three games of the year. And, while they have improved somewhat, they still rank 17th in Goals For Per Game (2.86) in the NHL, and they have only scored 10 even-strength goals with the rest coming on special teams.

Therefore, Pastrnak’s return could not come at a more perfect time given that he scored 48 goals in 2019-20, winning the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy along with Alex Ovechkin, who could also return for the Capitals tonight after missing four games due to being on the NHL’s COVID-19 Protocol list. But there is no doubt that getting back one of the purest goalscorers and lethal shooters in David Pastrnak will be huge for the Boston Bruins, and it should also help Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron who will be getting their top weapon back on their line.