Krejci misses Bruins’ practice Sunday

After admitting following Thursday night’s win over the Edmonton Oilers that he was playing hurt, David Krejci missed Bruins practice on Sunday.

Krejci has missed five of Boston’s first 15 games due to the injury, which is believed to be a lower body. He initially suffered the injury during the preseason.

On Sunday, during the team’s line rushes, Krejci was replaced by Chris Kelly at center between Milan Lucic and Seth Griffith.

In 10 games this season, the 28-year-old has three goals and 10 points.

The Bruins return to action Monday when they play host to the New Jersey Devils.

Bruins lose yet another d-man to injury

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Zdeno Chara. Torey Krug. Kevan Miller.

And now, David Warsofsky.

That’s the full, updated list of injured Boston blueliners — the latest, Warsofsky, was announced on Friday as the team said he’d be out “a while” with an undisclosed ailment suffered during Thursday’s win over Edmonton.

The Krug-like Warsofsky (still Brough’s best headline ever, by a mile) drew into the Boston lineup on Oct. 30 and has played well, averaging 17:46 TOI in four games while notching his first point of the season against the Oilers.

With Warsofsky gone, Boston’s top six blueliners project to be Dougie Hamilton, Dennis Seidenberg, Adam McQuaid, Matt Bartkowski, Joe Morrow and Zach Trotman. If that is upsetting to B’s fans, don’t fret — the team is 5-1-0 in its last six and the defense is playing so well, some think now is the time to trade Chara. I am not one of those people, for the record.

PHT Morning Skate: (Video) Young Bruins fan gets to fist-bump entire team

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Liam Fitzgerald is an eight-year-old who has Down syndrome and was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at four. He battled with cancer for three and a half years and has beaten it. He’s also a big Adam McQuaid fan, to the point where Liam dressed up as him for Halloween in 2013. When McQuaid learned of him, the Bruins defenseman arranged for him and his family to be guests at a game in February. He was invited back on Tuesday and this was the result:

The Boston Globe recently did a feature on Liam.

Editor’s Note: Pro Hockey Talk’s partner FanDuel is hosting an $18,000 Fantasy Hockey league for Friday night’s NHL games. It’s just $2 to join and first prize is $2,000. Starts Friday at 7:00 p.m. ET. Here’s the FanDuel link.

Flames head coach Bob Hartley thinks he’ll get the most out of Sean Monahan by putting him on the ice against the league’s best players. (Calgary Sun)

Japan isn’t regarded as a major hockey power, but 11-year-old Iguchi Aito is pretty impressive:

Here’s a list of what the top NHL head coaches reportedly make:

Keep in mind, it’s believed that Red Wings coach Mike Babcock is looking for $3 million annually.

Islanders coach Jack Capuano was very happy with how his team played against the Los Angeles Kings last night. (LA Kings Insider)

The Anaheim Ducks’ recent injury woes have present Jason LaBarbera with his latest opportunity to prove himself. (Orange County Register)

Krejci admits to playing hurt in Bruins’ win over the Oilers

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The Boston Bruins extended their win streak to four games with a 5-2 come from behind victory over the visiting Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night.

However, the health of David Krejci appears to be front and center.

Krejci returned to the Bruins lineup after missing another two games with an undisclosed injury, which is believed to be lower body.

The 28-year-old picked up six minutes in penalties in the first period on Thursday and finished the night with an assist on Milan Lucic’s empty-netter.

“It’s a concern that it’s not the start to the season I would love to have, but it is what it is,” Krejci said post-game. “This is my first time that I’m actually battling with injuries in my career, so I got to get through it. It’s something new for me. But I’ve been working hard and felt pretty good today. I was good enough to play, so hopefully I’ll have the next few days be good days, and feel even better on Monday.”

Krejci, who finished with 16:16 in time on ice, finished the night winning 62 percent of his face-offs and two shots on goal in the win.

He left the game briefly in the third period when the injury began flaring up.

Krejci has missed five of the team’s first 15 games after initially suffering the injury during the preseason.

“At the end of the game it was getting a little sore, so I was just being smart,” he said. “The game was 4-2 so I know that we have a lot of guys that can do the job,” said Krejci, who is tied for second on the team with 10 points despite missing five games already this year. “So I was just playing smart and tried to keep the shifts short and I’m glad we got it done.”

Reilly Smith, Loui Eriksson, Carl Soderberg and Dougie Hamilton had the other Bruins’ goals while Tuukka Rask made 22 saves for his seventh win of the season.

Edmonton got out to an early 2-1 lead thanks to goals from Boyd Gordon and Mark Arcobello, but could not hang on.

“We had a critical mistake off the rush on the third one, and then they scored that third goal,” said Oilers coach Dallas Eakins. “It’s a bad decision, one that cost us, and then it actually led to the next one as well. That’s a hard one to frame.

“It goes to the mindset that every moment is critical. You’re in control of the game, everything is fine. Even when they scored the second one, I still felt we were in control. But our penalty kill there on the third one, with the big mistake, killed us.”

After winning four of five to close out October, the Oilers have now lost four straight.

Ben Scrivens made 18 saves in the loss.

Lucic was appearing his 500th career NHL game Thursday night. The Bruins 2006, second-round pick (50th overall) now has 124 goals and 307 points to go along with 722 penalty minutes all in Boston colors.

Video: Bruins’ Smith roofs a shot on Scrivens

Bruins’ forward Reilly Smith had a beauty of a goal late in the first period tying things at 1-1 late in the frame.

Oilers’ goaltender Ben Scrivens had no chance on the shot. The goal was Smith’s third of the season.