The Boston Bruins will be shorthanded to start their 2019-20 season. David Krejci won't be suited up for their opener against the Dallas Stars.
Krejci is dealing with a lower-body injury that he suffered during the preseason. And according to our own Joe Haggerty, Krejci wasn't on the ice for pregame warmups, so he won't play against the Stars.
Except for David Krejci. Not on the ice for warm-ups so he won't be playing opening night https://t.co/2p9YD3Hvqk— Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) October 4, 2019
Krejci played in 81 regular-season games for the Bruins last season and recorded 73 points (20 goals, 53 assists) while centering the team's second line. In the playoffs, Krejci totaled 16 points (4 goals, 12 assists) playing in all 24 of the team's games.
With Krejci out, Par Lindholm will center the second line playing between Jake DeBrusk and Karson Kuhlman. Here's a look at the warmup lines ahead of the game according to the Bruins official Twitter account.
#NHLBruins warmup lines:— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) October 4, 2019
Marchand - Bergeron - Pastrnak
DeBrusk - Lindholm - Kuhlman
Heinen - Coyle - Ritchie
Wagner - Kuraly - Backes
Chara - McAvoy
Krug - Carlo
Grzelcyk - Clifton
Lindholm and Brett Ritchie will be making their Bruins debuts. Ritchie played for the Stars in each of the past five seasons, so tonight will be a homecoming of sorts for him.
And, of course, Tuukka Rask will be in goal for the reigning Eastern Conference Champions.
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