By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
The Bruins may be down a center on Thursday night, as David Krejci is a gametime decision due to an apparent upper-body injury suffered in Tuesday's loss to the Blue Jackets, according to B's head coach Bruce Cassidy.
???? David Krejci was the first one on the ice early before #NHLBruins morning skate. Bruce Cassidy said he's dealing with an upper body injury, doesn't sound like he's going to play tonight, but still a game-time decision #WBZ https://t.co/qNs8c6RAiD
"Didn't feel comfortable," Cassidy said of Krejci's morning skate. "Not extremely hopeful -- as a coach -- that he's gonna be able to do it in six hours. But there's a lot of guys that have missed morning skate and gone out.
"We'll make that evaluation tonight."
Krejci, who has missed seven games this season due to various injuries, has 11 goals and 32 points in 41 contests.
If Krejci is out, the most likely move for the Bruins would be to move Charlie Coyle to the middle of a second line with Jake DeBrusk on the left and Anders Bjork on the right. That'd likely leave the Black and Gold with a third-line featuring Par Lindholm between Danton Heinen and the freshly-recalled Karson Kuhlman.
But all of that remains up in the air until the B's officially know Krejci's status.
With Tuukka Rask officially placed on the injured reserve due to a concussion, Jaroslav Halak gets the start in the Boston net. Halak has struggled mightily of late, with just one win and an .891 save percentage over that span, but showed signs of definite improvement in his 24-of-27 performance on Tuesday.
The Penguins, meanwhile, come to Boston with Sidney Crosby back in action after missing almost 30 games due to a sports hernia. No. 87 welcomed himself back in a big way on Tuesday, too, as he torched the Wild for a goal and three helpers in a 7-3 win over Minnesota.
And the Penguins as a whole have been on fire of late, with four straight victories and wins in eight of their last 10 contests.
The Bruins defeated the Penguins in their only prior 2019-20 matchup, a 6-4 B's win on Boston ice on Nov. 4.