The NHL’s leading scorer in the playoffs missed practice today. But don’t worry, Bruins fans, it was nothing serious — David Krejci is fine.
“It’s very minor. He’s fine,” said Boston coach Claude Julien. “It was a maintenance day…minimal maintenance.”
Krejci has 17 points in 12 postseason games. The 27-year-old center was also the league’s leading playoff scorer in 2011, when his 23 points helped the B’s to a Stanley Cup.
Here’s CSN New England with a possible explanation for Krejci’s absence:
It appeared Krejci had one of his knees hyper-extended during an awkward collision in the latter half of the Game 5 win over the New York Rangers last weekend, but the Czech Republic pivot hadn’t missed either of the long practice sessions this week prior to today’s absence.
Krejci didn’t miss much anyways, as the B’s had a fairly light practice ahead of Saturday’s game in Pittsburgh.
“We just did a couple drills and then we just wanted to work our power play today and penalty kill,” said Julien, per NHL.com. “So basically the bulk of the practice was 20 minutes.”
They’re just one game into their regular season, but the Buffalo Sabres have already had to shift things around in their crease.
The Sabres announced that they have placed starting goaltender Robin Lehner on injured reserve after he was knocked out of Thursday’s game with a lower-body injury.
In a corresponding move, the club has recalled Nathan Lieuwen from their AHL affiliate in Rochester.
The 24-year-old didn’t play in the NHL last season, but he did have a 1-4-0 record with a 2.98 goals-against-average and a .906 save percentage in seven games during the 2013-14 season.
Lieuwen was Buffalo’s sixth round pick, 167th overall, in the 2011 draft.
The Sabres also announced that they have loaned defenseman Jake McCabe and goaltender Linus Ullmark to the Rochester Americans (AHL).
McCabe was a healthy scratch in Thursday’s game against Ottawa, while Ullmark is being activated off I.R. after having double hip surgery during the off-season.
It looks like the Boston Bruins will be without their captain again on Saturday night.
Head coach Claude Julien told members of the media that Zdeno Chara is considered doubtful for tonight’s game against the Montreal Canadiens.
Chara suffered an upper-body injury during the preseason and he’s already been forced to miss Boston’s season opening loss to the Jets.
Per CSN, Chara says he’s improving but he won’t return to the lineup until he’s as close to 100 percent as possible.
“Every area of the injury is improving,” said Chara. “Hopefully it’s not long before I’m free of any kind of discomfort. That’s what we’re doing right now…we’re being patient. For sure you don’t want to come back, and be half of what you are…and basically hurting yourself and the team. And you’re putting yourself in a position where you could be missing more time. At this time of the season, I think it’s important to be as close as you can be to 100 percent.”
Based on the number of defensive mistakes they committed on Thursday, the Bruins need Chara back as soon as possible: