Boston Bruins Playoff News: David Krejci To Miss Game Two, His Future Uncertain
Boston Bruins center David Krejci was a last second scratch in Wednesday’s Game 1 against the Senators with an upper-body injury, yesterday’s day off didn’t do enough to get Krejci back on the ice on Friday.
With another absence from practice on Friday, Krejci has now skated on just Monday before leaving Boston and in Wednesday’s morning skate and pregame warmup this week, and has been given the ‘unavailable’ tag from Bruins interim head coach Bruce Cassidy when asked about his status for Saturday’s Game 2.
Down Krejci, Ryan Spooner skated on a second line between Drew Stafford and David Backes, and the Bruins once again went with the load-up option on their first line with David Pastrnak on the right of the all-zone Patrice Bergeron–Brad Marchand threat. The third line then became Frank Vatrano to the left of Dominic Moore and Riley Nash, and the fourth line featured Sean Kuraly between Matt Beleskey and Tim Schaller. Krejci was healthy all season for the Boston Bruins and actually played in all 82 games this season. He had a finishing stat line of 23 goals and 54 points this season for the Black and Gold.
The Boston Bruins and Senators play Game 2 on Saturday at 3 p.m without the presence of Krecji causing the team to once again rely on the Patrice Bergeron line to bail them out. Krecji is a proven playoff player, many Bruins fans will remember how good Krecji was in the 2010-2011 Stanley Cup run where he scored 12 goals including an overtime winner that helped lead the Bruins to the Cup. Then just two years later in the 2012-2013 season he recorded 26 points in just 22 games in the playoffs helping lead the Black and Gold back into the Stanley Cup Finals which they, unfortunately, lost to the Chicago Blackhawks.
If the Bruins find themselves in a must-win game here they need to put Krecji out there if he can skate, this is hockey, barring any life threatening injury you are out there.