After missing his team’s last two games with an upper-body injury, Boston Bruins center David Krejci took part in practice Monday but in a maroon non-contact jersey. Krejci will be a game-time decision when the Bruins host the Vegas Golden Knights Tuesday night at TD Garden in their final game before a nine-day break.
“Krech will try it tomorrow morning [at pregame skate],” Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said. “Didn’t participate in the physical part of the practice. We definitely had a harder than normal day-before-a-game practice. Him not being able to do that makes it more likely he wouldn’t play.
“But he is gonna try it in the morning. No matter what, he’ll have nine days or whatever it is to recover. Or are we just better off giving him that? We’ll see how he is.”
Krejci has 11 goals and 21 assists in 41 games this season. He has now missed ten games with what is speculated to be a lower back injury that has nagged him for years.
Rask And Miller Skate
Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask, who also missed the last two games with a concussion, skated Monday prior to practice but remains on injured reserve. According to Cassidy, it’s highly unlikely Rask will return Tuesday as the Bruins plan to let him recover until at least after the upcoming winter break.
“I don’t believe he’d be ready tomorrow,” said Cassidy. “He’s back on the ice. I have to double-check on that. That’s just my guess because of the nature of the injury.
Rask is 17-4-0-6 with a 2.27 GAA and .925 save percentage.
Injured defenseman Kevan Miller (knee) also skated on Monday. Miller has not played a game since last April after breaking his kneecap and then re-breaking it during training in an effort to return to game action during the 2019 Eastern Conference Final against the Carolina Hurricanes. There is still no timetable on a return to action for Miller but this was at least a positive step.
“There’s Step 1,” said Cassidy. “That’s a positive…he was in this morning doing off-ice workouts, so I don’t know if he’s an every second-day guy on the ice. I guess we’ll find out tomorrow.“