(Source: NBCSports.com) – Mired in a three-game losing streak, the B’s revealed on Monday that co-leading scorer David Krejci is out week-to-week with an upper-body injury. On pace for the best offensive campaign of his 10-year career, Krejci will be nearly impossible to replace. In addition to his offensive production, he also gobbles up ice time (over 20 minutes a night this year, for the first time in his career) and is one of the club’s busiest faceoff men, trailing only Patrice Bergeron.
Oy vey, what a nightmare of a Monday. Last night David Krejci had an innocent enough looking collision with Ottawa forward Bobby Ryan and now he’s out for who knows how long with the dreaded upper-body injury. That means there will be no Winter Classic appearance for Krejci this year. Tack on a 3-game losing streak and you couldn’t pick a worse time for this to go down. As if there is ever a good time for 46 get injured…
Krejci is tied for the team lead in scoring with 11 goals and 33 points in 35 games played. He’s essentially having a career year statistically at what amounts to a point-per-game pace. What’s more is he coordinates one of the NHL’s most potent power play units. The zone entry and setup almost always runs through him and his elite playmaking abilities.
Ryan Spooner will now slot in at center in Krejci’s place. He’ll be riding shotgun between Loui Eriksson and Matt Beleskey. Mr. Utility, Landon Ferraro, slid up into the 3rd line center role with Frank Vatrano and Jimmy Hayes during Monday’s practice. I’m sure general manager Don Sweeney is mulling over the decision to bring David Pastrnak back from the World Junior Championships in Finland where #88 is using the experience for conditioning to get back into full game shape for the NHL grind. Pastrnak had a goal and an assist today in the Czech Republic’s win in their first game of the tournament.
Last year Krejci missed a ton of time with injuries and we saw how badly he was missed for his offensive and faceoff skills. Even last night, only missing one period, the Bruins mustered just 8 shots on net in the 3rd period trailing by a goal. In the first two periods the Bruins racked up 30 shots on net including the lone goal scored by Krejci.
The only positive; the Bruins have just 3 games in the next 11 days, almost two weeks. The had 7 games in the previous 14 days. Hopefully that space and time helps ease the burden the Bruins are about to face going into January chasing first place without one of their key players.
Someone pour me drink and let’s call it day.