The banged-up Boston Bruins are getting closer to full strength.

Boston has endured the absences of multiple important players — David Pastrnak (thumb), Jake DeBrusk (lower body) and Marcus Johansson (lung contusion), most notably — over the last few weeks. But ahead of Saturday night’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at TD Garden, Bruins fans got some some much-needed good news on the team’s injured stars.

The headlines are DeBrusk and Pastrnak, both of whom returned to practice Saturday morning.

Here’s a slew of updates, courtesy of Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy:

Here are clips of Pastrnak and DeBrusk practicing at Warrior Ice Arena:

As much as Cassidy surely wants a fully healthy roster in time for the playoffs, the returns of players will make for some tough decisions come playoff time.

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