BRIGHTON, Mass. – It created a minor stir when David Krejci wasn’t on the Warrior Ice Arena for Monday’s practice after the Game 6 win in Toronto, and really was the only regular missing.
But Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy assured reporters that it was just a maintenance day for the playmaking center, and that Krejci would be in the lineup for Game 7 on Tuesday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
“He’s fine for tomorrow,” said Bruce Cassidy following Monday’s skate, where Chris Wagner hopped in as the second-line center between Jake DeBrusk and David Pastrnak.
The Czech center has two goals and four points in the six games thus far in the series, and has been pretty solid with a number of different right wings still being tried out during the first-round playoff series.
Krejci was instrumental in Sunday afternoon’s win as he teamed with DeBrusk for the game-winning goal in the second period and has locked up with the Auston Matthews line for much of the best-of-seven series. That doesn’t even mention Krejci’s penchant for stepping up in big games with the biggest of the season, a Game 7, facing down the Bruins against the Maple Leafs, the third time the two Atlantic Division rivals will face each other for a seventh game over the last six seasons.
Here are the projected Bruins line combos and D-pairings, with Cassidy saying that he’s inclined to stick with the same group that won a decisive, strong all-around effort in Game 6 against the Maple Leafs in Toronto:
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