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By: Carrie Young | Follow me on Twitter @carrieyoung512
In a post-practice press conference on Monday, Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy stated that forward David Krejci will not travel with the team to New Jersey on Tuesday.
#NHLBruins updates per Bruce Cassidy:— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) December 30, 2019
Brad Marchand | maintenance day
David Krejci | lower-body, won’t travel
Torey Krug | won’t travel
Charlie McAvoy | won’t travel
Connor Clifton | day-to-day, won’t travel
Jaro Halak starts tomorrow in NJ. pic.twitter.com/YpX7lYunyB
Krejci is dealing with a lower-body injury, presumably sustained during last night’s game against the Buffalo Sabres. Krejci finished the game and logged 14:17 of ice time. He was credited with the primary assist on Jake DeBrusk’s game-winning goal just under three minutes into the third period.
Krejci has skated in 34 games for the Bruins so far this season, recording 8 goals and 20 assists and a plus-16 rating. He has centered the second line for most of the year, but has also played first-line center in Patrice Bergeron’s absence. The loss of Krejci is a significant one for the Bruins, both on and off of the ice, as he provides leadership and experience as one of the longest-tenured Bruins and an alternate captain.
The Bruins have not yet given details on Krejci’s injury. Bruce Cassidy stated on Monday that it is possible that Krejci will be playing on Thursday against the Columbus Blue Jackets, but did not give any guarantees. According to The Athletic’s Fluto Shinzawa, Par Lindholm is expected to fill in for Krejci as the second-line center.
Tomorrow's expected lineup:— Fluto Shinzawa (@FlutoShinzawa) December 30, 2019
The Bruins will face the Devils in New Jersey on Tuesday at 1:00 pm. This will be the third and final time this season that these two teams play each other. Boston will be seeking to sweep the season series, having defeated New Jersey 3-0 on October 12th and 5-1 on November 19th.