BRIGHTON, Mass – Bruins center David Krejci will continue to be out this weekend as the Bruins play back-to-back games against the St. Louis Blues and New York Rangers, but it’s looking good for a return next week.

Krejci will miss his fourth and fifth games with an upper-body injury suffered a couple of weeks ago, but the 34-year-old center did take part in the morning skate Saturday without any restrictions. This was after taking part in Friday practice in a no-contact sweater and admittedly getting off to a slow start even before the injuries.

“Krejci is out and he won’t travel. Tuesday [against the San Jose Sharks] is looking good for him, but we’ll have a better idea on Monday. But right now he’s on track [for next week],” said Bruce Cassidy. “I still think he’s going to be a little behind. How much is to be determined, but I think that’s just the way it works when you miss almost a month now. He’s played games where he’s been in and out, but he hasn’t really strung anything together since training camp. Hopefully, it’s not a long process.”

In other Bruins health news, both John Moore and Kevan Miller (fractured kneecap) have begun skating on their own and it’s anticipated that the hard-nosed, physical Miller may also join the B’s practice group next week.

With Krejci out for Stanley Cup Final reunion with the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night, here is the projected line combos and D-pairings based on the morning skate with David Backes as the healthy scratch:

 

Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak

DeBrusk-Coyle-Ritchie

Bjork-Lindholm-Heinen

Nordstrom-Kuraly-Wagner

 
Chara-McAvoy

Krug-Carlo

Grzelcyk-Clifton

 
Rask

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