Boston Bruins

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 12: David Krejci #46 of the Boston Bruins looks on during the first period of Game One of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

By Ty Anderson,

Bruins center David Krejci, injured in last Monday’s preseason head-to-head with the Flyers, is officially entering the “unknown” territory when it comes to his status for Opening Night in Dallas. (Update: Krejci is officially a game-time decision for the season opener.)

“It’s to be determined still,” Sweeney said Krejci’s status for Thursday’s game. “He worked his way back out there for practice, and hopefully he’ll continue to do the same, so we’ll evaluate him every day. He’s a possible.”

On the ice in a red non-contact sweater on Tuesday, the 33-year-old Krejci hung around for the start of practice at Warrior Ice Arena, but departed once the
intensity picked up with contact drills.

If Krejci is unable to play, Charlie Coyle seems like the most likely candidate to move up to the second line with Jake DeBrusk and Karson Kuhlman, though the Bruins believe that there’s more offense in Par Lindholm’s game. Lindholm, who was a scorer in Sweden, scored one goal and totaled 13 points in 65 games between the Maple Leafs and Jets last year.

Krejci is not the only B’s skater dealing with an injury, as forward Joakim Nordstrom will start the year on the injured reserve due to a foot injury. Defensemen Kevan Miller (knee) and John Moore (shoulder), as expected, will also begin the year on the shelf.

“Next man up in those situations,” Sweeney said. “Bruce [Cassidy] and the team’s done a really good job.”
Krejci is coming off a career-high 73 points last year.

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