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David Krejci (upper-body) will miss 2nd straight game

Ty Anderson
December 19, 2017 - 5:35 pm

Maybe it’s time to give up on the idea of the Bruins getting healthy.

It was on Monday night that top-six center David Krejci was a late scratch due to an upper-body injury, and that scratch will continue Tuesday night as well, as the Bruins ruled Krejci out for tonight’s head-to-head with the Sabres before traveling to Buffalo.

“I feel bad because when I left the ice [after the morning skate] he was, from my understanding, fine,” Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said of Krejci’s status after last night’s 7-2 win over the Blue Jackets. “It’s an upper body injury; he didn’t feel good after he got off the ice and talked to the trainers about it. So, he’s going to deal with that, he’ll be out – he won’t travel with us [to Buffalo] – it will be a day to day [injury].”

Krejci has already missed 13 games this season due to an upper-body injury (and it’s not known if this new one is related to those), and the Bruins have posted a 5-4-4 record without Krejci in action, versus an 11-6-1 record with him in action.

But with Krejci out, the Bruins have moved Ryan Spooner back to his natural center position, and on a second line with Jake DeBrusk to the left and Anders Bjork, who had been a healthy scratch in Saturday’s overtime loss to the Rangers, on the right.

It was a combination that seemed to work, too, as the trio combined for one goal and six points in Monday’s 7-2 victory, while Bjork rebounded with an energetic game that forced the Blue Jackets back on their heels and into penalty trouble.

“Well, anything you can do to help the team when you’re young and you’ve been a healthy scratch, you want to get in there and be a part of it,” Cassidy said of Bjork. “I mean, he’s told us that; I think he’s told the media that when he was asked that he wants to help the team, he wants to play the right way yet still play his game.”

Anton Khudobin gets the start in the B’s crease.

Khudobin has dropped his last two starts, and has allowed eight goals on 35 shots over that span, but still comes into action with a solid 7-2-2 record and .916 save percentage on the year. The 31-year-old Khudobin allowed five goals on 42 shots in his last game against the Sabres, a 5-4 overtime loss in Boston back on Oct. 21.

Here are the expected lines and pairings for the Bruins…

Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - David Pastrnak

Jake DeBrusk - Ryan Spooner - Anders Bjork

Danton Heinen - Riley Nash - David Backes

Tim Schaller - Sean Kuraly - Noel Acciari

Zdeno Chara - Charlie McAvoy

Torey Krug - Brandon Carlo

Matt Grzelcyk - Kevan Miller

Anton Khudobin

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