BRIGHTON, Mass – In a bit of forward progress for the Bruins, David Krejci skated for the first time in nearly three weeks at Tuesday’s optional B’s practice at Warrior Ice Arena.
The Bruins playmaking center was mostly skating around on his own, handling the puck and firing a few pucks off the boards while a smattering of teammates held an optional skate, but his mere presence was a positive sign that he’s beginning to respond to his back troubles.
“He’s back skating,” said Cassidy of Krejci, who has a goal and six points in six games along with a minus.
“He’s obviously out this week, but this part of the progression for him getting back into the lineup is getting out on the ice and getting his reps.”
Krejci missed his seventh consecutive game Monday night, a victory over the Minnesota Wild, and was placed on injured reserve with an upper-body injury after being ruled out for the rest of this week. Beyond that, there’s been no timetable set in place for the kind of injury that can be difficult to pin down.
It certainly will be a gradual process for No. 46, but Krejci would be a welcomed addition to a group that’s also missing Ryan Spooner and David Backes down the middle of the ice.
In fact, the Bruins have only had Patrice Bergeron and Krejci together for less than one full game as Krejci exited Boston’s Oct. 19 win over the Vancouver Canucks that also marked Bergeron’s return to the lineup. In other Bruins health news, Noel Acciari continues to practice with the team, will travel on the two-game road trip and could be a possibility to return Friday night against the Maple Leafs. Anton Khudobin appears to be ready to return to backup duty after getting through practice and Ryan Spooner once again skated with the team in a no-contact jersey while still a week or two away from a possible return.
Frank Vatrano, Danton Heinen, Austin Czarnik, Jake DeBrusk, Robbie O’Gara and Paul Postma were among the non-injured players skating Tuesday.