The Boston Bruins might be without two-thirds of their top line when the next NHL season begins after the team said Tuesday that David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand each underwent surgical treatment last month.

Pastrnak isn't anticipated to be totally recuperated and able to play until mid-February after an operation to repair a torn labrum in his best hip Sept. 16 in New York. Pastrnak shared the Rocket Richard Trophy by connecting for the league lead with 48 goals last season and missed out on a long time in the playoffs because of injury.

Marchand will not be excellent to go till roughly mid-January after having a sports hernia repaired Sept. 14 at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts. He was the NHL's first-team All-Star left wing in the post-season ballot after having 87 points on 28 objectives and 59 helps in 70 games when play was halted.

Boston defenceman Charlie McAvoy had arthroscopic surgery on his best knee Sept. 8 and is expected to be prepared for the start of training school.

The Bruins stated each surgical treatment was successful, but the ruling Presidents' Trophy winners for completing with the most points in the regular season will have an uphill climb at the start in 2021 if play starts Jan. 1 or soon thereafter, which the NHL is targeting.

Boston lost to ultimate Stanley Cup champ Tampa Bay in the second round of the playoffs in the Eastern Conference bubble in Toronto. The Bruins got to Game 7 of the Cup Final in 2019 prior to losing to St. Louis and have made the playoffs for four consecutive years.

Regardless of losing defenceman Torey Krug to St. Louis in totally free agency, they were thought about among the favourites in 2021 to win their very first title in a decade. There's still the question of what will occur with 43-year-old captain Zdeno Chara, who's a complimentary representative.

Much of the Atlantic Division has likewise enhanced this off-season, making the obstacle even harder on the Bruins, who included huge winger Craig Smith in free agency and will have to tap into their depth without Pastrnak and Marchand for some time.

"To survive the playoffs, which is what we desire to be-- a group that gets in and get through-- that's the ultimate goal," general manager Don Sweeney said recently. "You need to have the ability to make it through the war of attrition. Years that we've had success in that regard, in some cases it's being fortuitous that you do not get the devastating injuries. And other times, it's just what takes place in the course of the game."

Boston lost to ultimate Stanley Cup champ Tampa Bay in the 2nd round of the playoffs in the Eastern Conference bubble in Toronto."To get through the playoffs, which is what we desire to be-- a group that gets in and get through-- that's the ultimate objective," basic supervisor Don Sweeney said last week. Years that we've had success in that regard, often it's being fortuitous that you do not get the catastrophic injuries.