Is Krejci healthy? ‘We’ll find out at the end of the year’


Is Krejci healthy? ‘We’ll find out at the end of the year’

WILMINGTON, Mass. – David Krejci joked he needs a little more rest these days while turning 30 years old at the end of this month and that was the reason for some absences at practice as of late. 

Krejci was missing from Wednesday night’s practice session the day after a tight one-goal loss to the New Jersey Devils, but was back centering Matt Beleskey and David Pastrnak at Thursday morning’s practice session at Ristuccia Arena.

The playmaking center will play on Friday night in St. Louis against the Blues and didn’t miss any games in March while posting a goal and eight points in 14 games for the Black and Gold. Still, he also has looked at times like something in his lower body is compromising his skating game: he was beaten to a loose puck by Rick Nash of all people for an empty net goal in a loss to the Rangers and didn’t have an extra gear on the back-check on a Reilly Smith rebound goal in a loss to Florida last week, as well.

In certain games like the win over the Maple Leafs, Krejci looks perfectly fine and like he’s ready to bust out into the heightened playoff version of himself. That’s the one who dropped a couple of assists in 22 minutes of ice time against Toronto and strongly resembles the player who led the NHL in playoff scoring on two different occasions in his career.

So is Krejci healthy, or is he battling through a physical ailment that’s hampering him at this late stage of the season?

“I guess we’ll find out at the end of the year,” said a smiling Krejci, alluding to the annual “listing of surgeries” from the Bruins on breakup day once the season and playoff run has come to an end. “I just took a day off [on Wednesday]. Then we had a good practice to get ready for [St. Louis].

“Obviously you like to be 100 percent in the games, and that’s what we’re trying to do here. I felt really good, and I’m ready to [against the Blues]. At this time of year you don’t want to practice. You want to get in the games, and get some points. Now we have two huge games on the road, and I can’t wait to play in them.”

It would seem pretty obvious the Czech pivot tweaked something along the way, but he's gutting through it. There’s even less doubt the Bruins need the best version possible of the dynamic Krejci if they’re going to pull some points out of the road trip through St. Louis and Chicago, and keep toward that elusive playoff position. 

Morning Skate: Bruins troll Felger for lack of confidence

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Morning Skate: Bruins troll Felger for lack of confidence

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while the Bruins are going into troll mode.

*Here is the aforementioned “troll mode” for the Bruins now that they’ve clinched a playoff berth. They came out with a marketing campaign where they’re dragging FOH (Friend of Haggs) Mike Felger for his early season take that the Bruins season is over. He also ripped the young players at the beginning of the year as well, so they used the sound from “Felger and Mazz” with video clips of David Pastrnak and Charlie McAvoy dominating for the Black and Gold, and shots of the young players mean mugging at the camera. It definitely shows that the Bruins perhaps care a little too much about what the media thinks about them, but it’s also a fair bit of clap-back toward a take that was a little too harsh on the B’s early in the season.

*What a great piece on the Stoneman Douglas hockey team as they embark on a national hockey tournament after winning at the state level in the weeks after the Parkland shooting.

*Chicago Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman says the Hawks aren’t shaken even as they’ll be missing the playoffs for the first time in a long time. What a disappointing season.

*Despite a great season, Taylor Hall may end up missing the playoffs with the New Jersey Devils amidst his Hart Trophy-type season.

*Good news for the Toronto Maple Leafs as Auston Matthews is returning from injury ahead of the playoffs

*For something completely different: This new, updated version of the Karate Kid web series looks awesome with Billy Zabka and Ralph Macchio.



Cassidy eyeing possible Bergeron return this weekend

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Cassidy eyeing possible Bergeron return this weekend

Bruins star center Patrice Bergeron has been dealing with a fractured foot injury since late February. He sustained the injury while blocking a shot in the loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Coach Bruce Cassidy is predicting a return for Bergeron this weekend against the Minnesota Wild if he is medically cleared. He will be evaluated tomorrow.

Depending on the results from the evaluation, there might not even be a need to rush Bergeron back with the Bruins clinching a playoff berth in a 2-1 OT loss to the Blues yesterday evening.

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The Bruins currently sit six points behind the Tampa Bay Lighting for first place in the Atlantic Division. Ten games currently remain on the B’s schedule with the Presidents' Trophy also hanging in the balance.

If the B’s decide to make a run for the Presidents' Trophy, Bergeron would definitely provide a boost in play in addition to leadership for the final stretch of the regular season.