David Krejci not taking any chances, still not pushing 100 percent
|10.19.11 at 2:01 pm ET|
Bruins center David Krejci seems to be proceeding with caution above all else as he works his way back from a core injury suffered last Tuesday in practice. He is back to taking contact and skating with a new line, but he said after practice that he has no plans of rushing back if he isn’t ready.
“If I can, I would love to play tomorrow, but I have to be smart about it. I don’t want to make it worse and be out for who knows how long. If I feel better tomorrow, then I’d love to play and that’s where we’re at I guess.”
Wednesday marked Krejci’s third straight day of skating, and second with him teammates. Krejci skated by himself prior to Monday’s practice and took part in Tuesday’s morning skate. He took some contact Wednesday but has yet to simulate the intensity and physicality of an actual game.
“I was doing some contact drills, but I don’t think anybody really hit me,” Krejci said. “If I feel better tomorrow, then I’ll ask a couple guys to do a little corner stuff and I guess we’ll decide tomorrow if I’ll play.”
Coach Claude Julien did not disagree with Krejci calling himself 50-50 for Thursday, but from how cautious both the player and the team seem to be on the matter, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Krejci wait until Saturday.
“It’s a really hard decision. yesterday I skated for the first time with the guys, and it was just a morning skate,” Krejci said. “Today was a real practice and I pushed it a little harder. I can’t say that I pushed it 100 percent, but I felt pretty good about the way things went this morning. Hopefully I’ll wake up tomorrow and if I feel good, I’ll push it 100 percent, and who knows? I might play tomorrow.”