David Krejci week-to-week with upper-body injury

DJ Bean
December 28, 2015 - 7:24 am

[caption id="attachment_54628" align="alignright" width="150"] David Krejci[/caption] The best regular season of David Krejci's NHL career has been derailed by an upper-body injury that will keep him out for the foreseeable future. Krejci, whose 11 goals and 33 points in 35 games had him on pace for a career-high in both categories, suffered his injury in the second period of Sunday's loss to the Senators. Claude Julien would not specify the nature of Krejci's injury -- he wouldn't elaborate past calling it an upper-body injury and terming the player "week-to-week" -- but Krejci was seen wearing a sling on his right arm after Monday's practice. In other injury news, Torey Krug is day-to-day with a lower-body injury. Krug left Saturday night's game after the first period and did not play on Sunday. Krug skated prior to Monday's practice, as did recovering forward Joonas Kemppainen. Julien said that Monday was either the first or second day back on the ice for Kemppainen, who has not played since Dec. 7 due to an upper-body injury. With Krejci out, Ryan Spooner was elevated to Boston's second line to skate with Matt Beleskey and Loui Eriksson in Monday's practice. Landon Ferraro moved up to take Spooner's third-line spot. Boston's lines in practice were as follows: Marchand-Bergeron-Connolly Beleskey-Spooner-Eriksson Vatrano-Ferraro-Hayes Rinaldo-Talbot-Randell The absence of both Krejci and Krug also led to changes on Boston's power play units, as Krejci and Krug man the points on the team's first unit. The Bruins power play units in Monday's practice were as follows: Chara-Colin Miller Bergeron Spooner Eriksson Morrow-Trotman Marchand Connolly Beleskey Without Krejci, the Bruins have just 12 healthy forwards. David Pastrnak is currently in Finland for the World Junior Championships, but Julien said he feels the Bruins might be better off letting the player regain his timing and confidence in the tournament rather than hurrying him back to the NHL.