It's looking more and more like the Boston Bruins will be without one of their best playmakers for Sunday's outdoor game against the Philadelphia Flyers at Lake Tahoe.
Bruins center David Krejci left Thursday night's game versus the New Jersey Devils in the first period with what the team described as a lower body injury. Krejci did not return to the game and the Bruins, as of this writing, have not given an official update on his status for Sunday's matchup.
However, Joe McDonald of the Worcester Telegram and Gazette tweeted Friday afternoon that he's "hearing" Krejci "will not travel with Bruins to Tahoe." McDonald also noted that center Jack Studnicka and defenseman Urho Vaakanainen have been recalled from the AHL's Providence Bruins.
Krejci's loss is not insignificant.
His 10 points (zero goals, 10 assists) are the fourth-most on the Bruins, and he's also a key part of one of the league's best power play units. Krejci has tallied at least one point (five total) in each of the four previous Bruins-Flyers games this season.
Who will replace Krejci as the second-line center?
It's possible Charlie Coyle could move up to that spot. Studnicka also is a natural center and could play that spot on the second, third or fourth lines depending on how head coach Bruce Cassidy shuffles the lineup.