By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
Bruins center David Krejci will miss Thursday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, pushing Charlie Coyle up to the No. 2 center role. Krejci played just 4:43 on Monday against the Anaheim Ducks as he nurses an upper body injury.
Head coach Bruce Cassidy told reporters on Thursday that Krejci’s recovery hasn’t been quick enough to get him back in the lineup for Thursday’s game at TD Garden.
“[Krejci] didn’t respond to treatment as well as we’d like, so we’ll see how he is [Friday] and then make a determination for Saturday,” said Cassidy. “First will be skates then travel, obviously. If he doesn’t travel then I’d doubt he’d play, but let’s get through practice tomorrow.”
The Bruins head to Toronto for the first of a home-and-home with the Maple Leafs, so they’d certainly like to have Krejci back in time for that. For now, here’s how the B’s lines and defensive pairings will look on Thursday:
Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – David Pastrnak
Jake DeBrusk – Charlie Coyle – Brett Ritchie
Danton Heinen – Par Lindholm – Karson Kuhlman
Joakim Nordstrom – Sean Kuraly – Chris Wagner
Zdeno Chara – Charlie McAvoy
Torey Krug – Brandon Carlo
Matt Grzelcyk – Connor Clifton
Tampa comes to Boston after an uneven 3-2-1 start to their season. But they’re coming off a 3-1 road win over the Montreal Canadiens in which goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy made 33 saves.
Coyle, meanwhile, takes over for Krejci at the crucial No. 2 center spot between Jake DeBrusk and Brett Ritchie. Coyle has just one assist in six games, but continues to do well at the things that don’t show up on the scoresheet. In a top-six role, hopefully he adds more finish to his repertoire.
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