By Joe Haggerty
RALEIGH, N.C. It appears things arent as serious with David Krejci as they first seemed.
After Krejcis practice injury was shrouded in mystery on Tuesday morning when he struggled off the ice in obvious pain, Claude Julien revealed that the Bs center was suffering from a core injury to his midsection rather than the knee injury many had feared. The Bs center was holding his side and favoring his left leg as he was helped off the ice in the middle of Tuesdays practice before the team flew out to Canes Country.
Krejci was not in Carolina with the team for Wednesday nights game against the Hurricanes at the RBC Center, and is considered day-to-day moving forward for the rest of the week. Thats certainly good news after Julien was using words like severe to describe the injury on Tuesday.
Hes day-to-day and its an injury in the core area. So we can eliminate the knee injury thats been speculated about, said Claude Julien. Hes day-to-day and well see how he does to see if he meets us in Chicago or not.
The Bs coach indicated that 19-year-old second-year center Tyler Seguin will get the first crack at David Krejcis spot on the No. 1 line in between Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton a line that could use a little of the offensive razzle dazzle Seguin has shown through the first three games.
Every time a team has injuries its a chance for somebody else to stand up, said Julien. Itll be Seguin probably to start things off and well see how he does. We knew that down the road wed need him to step up at center.
We also have Peverley that could play there as well, but I like the way that line is playing right now. So Tyler will be the one that gets the chance to step up for Krejci starting off.
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Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while enjoying the return of Adolfo to Toucher and Rich this morning.
*Jack Eichel and Connor McDavid have received plenty of acclaim over the past couple of years as talented, young stars in the league, but Pro Hockey Talk’s James O’Brien details how things haven’t gone ideally for either of those youngsters, or their teams, this season. Clearly, it’s not at this level yet, but just think about the hype behind Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin when they were drafted 1-2 back in 2010, and what they have, and haven’t, been able to accomplish in the league since that time.
*Outstanding rookie Brock Boeser credits a conversation with Vancouver Canucks coach Travis Green for helping spark his game this season.
*Good video piece on the near miss of Wayne Gretzky almost playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs after dominating them in the playoffs.
*Salivating for some hockey trades? The 10 potential NHL trade deadline targets around the league as we wait for players to become available for trade later in the season.
*Hockeybuzz is asking what the NHL, and more specifically the Hockey Hall of Fame, has against goaltenders?
*For something completely different: A great piece from Drew Bledsoe on the tragic passing of former Patriots wide receiver Terry Glenn, and how his death came just as he seemed to be putting all the pieces of his life together.
BRIGHTON, Mass – The Bruins are getting closer to a healthier lineup, but it won’t be in time for the Thanksgiving Eve road tilt against the upstart New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center.
Brad Marchand (upper body), Torey Krug (upper body) and David Backes (colon surgery) all skated in red no-contact jerseys at practice Tuesday at Warrior Ice Arena, so none of those three banged-up B’s will be making the trip to Jersey. Anders Bjork (upper body) didn’t practice and is obviously out vs. the Devils as well, but Ryan Spooner might be a possibility after making it through his first full practice since tearing his groin almost six weeks ago.
If he can make it through Wednesday's morning skate without any problems, Spooner will likely be a game-time decision against the Devils after missing the past 14 games.
The Bruins have continued to indicate that Marchand is in the concussion protocol, though it appears the Bruins agitator is dealing with both upper body and lower body issues. Marchand was encouraged by the progress he’s making while returning to practice, so perhaps the B’s could get back one of their leading scorers sooner rather than later.
“I feel pretty good. It’s good to be back with the guys and feel like you’re a part of the team,” said Marchand, who has missed five of the past seven games after returning for the home-and-home against the Maple Leafs. “It’s frustrating whenever you miss games and you miss time away from the team, but they had a great road trip and they’re playing well. It would be nice to be back in the lineup consistently and be back with the team...it’ll come.”
Here are the projected Bruins line combos and D-pairings vs. the Devils based on practice Tuesday: