Boston Bruins Forward David Krejci Injured in Game Five Against the Ottawa Senators
Injuries are nothing new for the Boston Bruins. The team has been without Torey Krug and Brandon Carlo for the duration of the postseason so far. They started the series without David Krejci and Noel Acciari, and eventually lost Colin Miller and Adam McQuaid. While Acciari, Krejci and Miller all returned to the lineup, Krejci’s return was a short one.
After taking a knee-on-knee hit from Ottawa Senators’ defender Chris Wideman, Krejci was forced to leave the game. Unfortunately for the Bruins, that injury came in the first period. Still, the Bruins managed to pull out the win despite some questionable officiating.
When watching the play, it didn’t look like there was any intent to injure by either player. One of the best parts of hockey is the pace of the game. It’s also what makes the game so dangerous sometimes. The Bruins will certainly be hoping that Krejci’s injury isn’t too serious, but their second line center has already been dealing with lingering injuries, as mentioned.
The most logical option for the Bruins to replace Krejci is to re-insert Ryan Spooner into the lineup. There are other options, however. Jimmy Hayes, Matt Beleskey could potentially hear their names called. It’s a long shot, but Peter Cehlarik, Danton Heinen and even Jake DeBrusk could also be in line for a call-up. For the Bruins, center depth isn’t an issue. David Backes is a natural center and even if Spooner is re-inserted into the lineup, there are no guarantees he would play down the middle.
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While DeBrusk has yet to make his NHL debut, he’s simply been on fire in the AHL as of late. Both he and Heinen scored power-play goals for the Providence Bruins on Friday to lead the Providence Bruins to a win in game one against the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins. While it’s unlikely that the Bruins call up either during their postseason run in Providence, they are still interesting names to keep tabs on as the playoffs roll on.
Nothing definitive will be said until the Bruins get a better chance to evaluate Krejci’s injury. It’s possible that he will be ready to play Sunday, but the team will need to start assessing their options now. After staving off elimination in game five, the Bruins’ next goal will be to fight off elimination in game six and push the seventh game of the series. Time will tell, but Boston has to be feeling happy tonight despite losing a critical member of their top-six.