Monday, March 18, 2013
By Luke Lapinski
The Boston Bruins have an excellent shot at making a long playoff run -- if not winning the whole thing -- this season. And one of their biggest assets is depth. As it turns out, that depth is being tested right now.
Chris Kelly went down with a broken tibia last week, leaving Claude Julien's squad a little thinner up the middle. And now David Krejci is dealing with a lower body injury after taking a slapshot from Johnny Boychuk off his right knee in yesterday's loss to Pittsburgh.
The 26-year old Czech suffered the injury while screening Tomas Vokoun as Boston looked for the equalizer late in the third period. His status going forward isn't definitive yet, though he did at least walk out of the locker room under his own power -- albeit with a slight limp -- according to Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald. Even with solid depth up front, the Bruins can't afford to lose a weapon like Krejci for long. He's second on the club with 24 points and provides a pretty consistent threat from the center position. The B's next play in Winnipeg on Tuesday and, according to Conroy, it appears Krejci is at least traveling with the club for that one. If they do need to make a call-up, it will likely be Ryan Spooner. The former second round pick (2010) leads Providence with 45 points in 50 games.