David Krejci’s status for Bruins’ season opener is up in the air

Matt Kalman
October 01, 2019 - 4:04 pm

Center David Krejci’s lower-body injury was deemed “not serious” by coach Bruce Cassidy from the moment it forced Krejci out of the Bruins’ preseason game against Philadelphia on Sept. 23.

But now it could keep him out of Boston’s season opener at Dallas on Thursday.

Krejci practiced for the first time since the injury Tuesday at TD Garden. But he wore a red no-contact sweater and left practice when there was the possibility of contact.

“It’s to be determined still,” general manager Don Sweeney said of Krejci’s status. “He worked his way back up there for sake of a practice, and he’ll continue to do the same. So we’ll re-evaluate every day. He’s possible.”

When asked if he might play Thursday, Krejci played the coy hockey-player game by responding, “I don’t know.”

But then in response to a question about whether he’s improving he said, “It was a good day today, for sure.”

Should Krejci play against the Stars, he’ll be doing it after taking just two shifts in one preseason game. He and left wing Jake DeBrusk practiced with a few different right wings, including Karson Kuhlman, who finished last season at that position.

It looks like DeBrusk and Kuhlman will be paired whether Krejci or Par Lindholm, who rotated with Krejci during Tuesday’s practice, is in the middle.

Krejci isn’t too concerned about the lack of time to develop chemistry.

“Yeah, I’m not really concerned. I’m going to have to get up to speed for sure, but I only missed five days on the ice,” he said. “So I skated all August, so yeah, it might, who knows. Just going to try to keep it simple when I get back. Just do the right things, get good habits back and take it from there. But I don’t think … get up to speed with my teammates or anything like that, shouldn’t be an issue.”

*Elsewhere on the injury list, Sweeney said forward Joakim Nordstrom (foot) will probably not be ready to start the season. And defenseman Kevan Miller (knee) has been skating but also won’t be on the opening night active roster.