David Krejci

David Krejci rejoins Bruins in practice, Adam McQuaid still not skating

DJ Bean
January 18, 2016 - 5:43 am

WILMINGTON -- Monday's practice at Ristuccia Arena saw a familiar face return, as injured center David Krejci practiced with Bruins teammates for the first time since suffering an upper-body injury on Dec. 27. Krejci was wearing a green jersey, which is often worn in practice by players who are either injured or not on a line. Also in green was David Pastrnak, who has missed the last three games with an upper-body injury. Both Krejci and Pastrnak will travel to Montreal for Tuesday's game against the Canadiens. With Krejci and Pastrnak on the ice, Boston's practice lines on Monday looked like this: Bergeron-Marchand-Connolly Beleskey-Spooner-Eriksson Vatrano-Kemppainen-Hayes Rinaldo-Talbot-Ferraro Randell-Krejci-Pastrnak Krejci said he has been skating since last week. He took limited contact in Monday's practice and said that he has felt better with each passing day but is not yet comfortable enough to play. "I need to feel 100 percent skating and 100 percent shooting," Krejci said. "I'm getting there, but it was a good today." The Bruins have gone 4-4-1 without Krejci. Given that he was having the best regular season of his career (33 points in 35 games), they could certainly use him as they try to claim one of the top three spots in the crowded Atlantic Division. "I'd like to play as soon as possible, but this kind of injury, at this point in time it's kind of day-to-day," Krejci said. "We'll see how it feels tomorrow -- hopefully better -- but we'll see how it feels tomorrow in warmups." In other injury news, Adam McQuaid has yet to take the ice as he remains out with an injury suffered on a Jan. 5 hit from Capitals forward Zach Sill.