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Krejci ruled out of next two games, status now listed as 'week-to-week'

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Krejci ruled out of next two games, status now listed as 'week-to-week'

BRIGHTON -- Once again, the Bruins are receiving bad news on the injury front.

David Krejci, who missed Saturday's game against the Sabres because of a nagging back problem, was missing from practice Wednesday for the third straight day. And afterwards, coach Bruce Cassidy said Krejci will miss at least the next two games.

“He’s been ruled out  [against San Jose and Los Angeles], so he’ll be week-to-week now,” said Bruce Cassidy, of Krejci. “We’ll revisit it on Sunday or Monday.”

David Backes was in Krejci's place centering Jake DeBrusk and David Pastrnak, and presumably could man the middle on Thursday night against the big, physical Sharks.

The timing is a bit ironic for the Bruins, as they've lost Krejci just as Patrice Bergeron returned to action.

In the good news department, Kevan Miller has ditched the no-contact jersey and appears ready for full duty after also missing last weekend’s loss to Buffalo. Tuukka Rask was also a full participant, which indicates that the Finnish netminder has passed through the concussion protocol.

“It’s all positive things for both of those guys,” said Cassidy of imminent returns for Miller and Rask.

Here are the line combos and D-pairings at morning practice without Krejci:

Marchand-Bergeron-Bjork
DeBrusk-Backes-Pastrnak
Schaller-Kuraly-Beleskey
Vatrano/White-Nash-Agostino

Chara-McAvoy
Krug-Carlo
Miller-Postma

Rask
Khudobin

Report: Zdeno Chara out 4 to 6 weeks with left knee injury

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Report: Zdeno Chara out 4 to 6 weeks with left knee injury

As expected, the Bruins will be without Zdeno Chara for a while.

The B's veteran defenseman will miss four to six weeks with a left knee injury, according to Fluto Shinzawa of The Athletic.

Chara suffered the injury during Wednesday night's game vs the Avalanche when he collided with Carl Soderberg. Now, the B's defensive corps will be without Chara, Charlie McAvoy, Kevan Miller, Urho Vaakanainen and Brandon Carlo.

To make matters even worse, Patrice Bergeron was banged up in Friday night's loss to the Stars. He did finish the game, which is a great sign, but it's still something to monitor moving forward as the Bruins' injuries continue to pile up.

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Brad Marchand waves towel in protest of phantom slashing call, earns misconduct

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Brad Marchand waves towel in protest of phantom slashing call, earns misconduct

Brad Marchand found a new way to earn a misconduct penalty during Friday night's game vs the Stars.

In the second period, Marchand tapped Dallas goalie Ben Bishop on the leg with his stick. Bishop acted as if he was hurt, drawing a slashing penalty and an appropriate reaction from commentator Jack Edwards.

Frustrated with the phantom call, Marchand waved a towel like a white flag in the penalty box to earn a misconduct.

Marchand now leads the NHL with 66 penalty minutes on the season so far.

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