The Bruins are in the thick of their pre-season and have already played four of their six games. On Saturday Bruins’ center David Krejci was forced to leave early with an injury and given Krejci’s history it was worrisome to see him leave with a lower body injury.
Although Krejci was forced out of the contest it was likely due to precautionary reasons he has been getting treatment everyday since the injury but has yet to resume skating. It was announced today that Krejci would miss the last two pre-season games. If Krejci were to miss some time it’s likely that Coyle would jump up to center the second line. At the moment the Bruins aren’t going to rush Krejci back if he isn’t ready. Coach Cassidy is expecting him to be ready for the season opener next Thursday.
Krejci was pivotal for the Bruins last year on their second line and was able to tie a career high in points with 73 even though he had a revolving door of wingers. Once again Krejci has had about 5 different wingers during his practices and games with the heavy favorites right now being Brett Ritchie and Karson Kuhlman. Ritchie was one of the Bruins offseason additions he has a big frame and goes to the gritty areas but he really doesn’t have a scoring touch. Kuhlman saw time with Krejci last year in the playoffs and performed well, he’s younger and certainly faster than Ritchie but with his inexperience there is no guarantee he gets the job.
The Bruins have just over a week left until they start their season, they will be returning mostly the same team as last season and look to get back to the Stanley Cup Final, hopefully with a better result. They’ll need Krejci to get back to full health and produce the way he did last season.
-Tyler Smith (@TylerSmith4386)