Boston Bruins

Dec 23, 2018; Raleigh, NC, USA; Boston Bruins center David Krejci (46) looks on during the game against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Boston Bruins 5-3. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

The hits kept on coming for the Bruins on Thursday night, as the team lost David Krejci to a lower-body injury in the middle of their 3-2 loss to the Devils at TD Garden.

“Lower-body [injury],” Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said after the loss. “That’s all I’ve got.”

And with the Bruins not practicing on Friday ahead of their trek out to Lake Tahoe for Sunday’s NHL Outdoors contest, the 34-year-old Krejci’s status for that head-to-head with the Philadelphia Flyers remains completely up in the air.

If Krejci is unable to go on Sunday, the Bruins will have some internal options with Trent Frederic, a natural center who has played wing all season, as well as taxi squader Greg McKegg.

The Bruins could also recall Jack Studnicka from Providence, as noted by Cassidy. Studnicka, another natural center who’s spent the majority of his NHL minutes on the wing, had one goal and six shots on goal in six games with the Big B’s this season, and has an assist in two games with the P-Bruins.

The Bruins have already ruled out winger Ondrej Kase, as well as defensemen Matt Grzelcyk and Jakub Zboril, for Sunday’s contest.

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