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Bruins confirm David Warsofsky out 2-4 weeks with groin strain 11.09.14 at 6:26 pm ET
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Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli confirmed in a statement Sunday that David Warsofsky is out 2-4 weeks with a groin strain. The Boston Herald was the first to report the injury.

Warsofsky was called up late last month after Torey Krug suffered a broken finger. He played in four games, notching an assist in Thursday’s win over the Oilers for his only point of the season thus far. He was injured in the same game.

Krug could return to the lineup as soon as Monday. If he does not, Matt Bartkowski is expected to return after being scratched the last four games.

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Bruins hope Matt Bartkowski can dig himself out of hole 11.09.14 at 1:14 pm ET
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Matt Bartkowski

The Bruins can only hope they’€™ll go the rest of the season without being as banged up on defense as they are right now, but you have to think that they’€™ll need Matt Bartkowski at some point.

That time could come as early as Monday. Torey Krug is a possibility to return from a broken finger, but if he does not, the loss of David Warsofsky would require Bartkowski to return to the lineup after serving the last four games as a healthy scratch.

Unlike the rest of the absences among Boston’€™s blueliners, Bartkowski’€™s is due to performance. At the time that Krug went down with his injury, the Bruins called up Warsofsky and Joe Morrow from Providence; Warsofsky was brought up to spell Krug, while Morrow was recalled to replace a struggling Bartkowski.

After serving as a regular on Boston’€™s second pairing down the stretch last season, Bartkowski has taken a big step backwards, committing multiple on-ice errors that led directly to opposing goals. He was benched for much of the third period after being on the ice for his second goal against of the game against the Wild and has not played since.

At that point, Bartkowski admitted that he was struggling with confidence. If and when he gets back in the lineup, the B’€™s will hope that both his confidence and decision-making have improved.

“I don’€™t know if it’€™s just last year; we just know he’€™s good enough when he’€™s on top of his game to be a good player for us,” Claude Julien said. “He dug himself a hole and now he’€™s got to dig himself out of it. It starts in practice.”

Morrow has been fine in his first four NHL games thus far and hasn’€™t made a case to be taken out of the lineup. That will happen when other players such as Zdeno Chara and Kevan Miller return from their injuries, but it doesn’€™t seem Bartkowski would be able to wrest the job from Morrow for now.

It will take Krug remaining out for Bartkowski to get back in. If he does, Claude Julien hopes that Bartkowski has spent his time in the press box well.

“There’€™s two ways to look at it,” Julien said. “You can go there and mope and not make yourself better or you can go do what Matt Fraser did: watch and learn and then when you get your chance, take advantage of it. It doesn’€™t matter. A player should always want to play. He should be anxious to get the call, and when you’€™re called upon you should be ready to go.

“You only get so many chances, right? If you keep failing, you keep going back in the press box. It’€™s all about attitude. These guys are professionals. They’€™re paid to do this job and they’€™ve got to do it professional way.”

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David Krejci day-to-day, Torey Krug a possibility vs. Devils 11.09.14 at 12:26 pm ET
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Bruins center David Krejci is considered day-to-day, while Torey Krug is a possibility to return to the lineup for Monday’€™s game against the Devils.

Krejci was again missing from Bruins practice Sunday after also missing Friday’€™s skate. Krejci returned from what is believed to be a hip injury Thursday against the Oilers but said he would continue to battle his ailment. He did not practice Friday.

“He’€™s day-to-day; we’€™ll leave it at that,” Claude Julien said after Sunday’€™s practice. “He’€™s still going through the same thing.”

Krejci has missed five games this season due to the injury, which was suffered in the preseason finale. The 28-year-old center missed the first three games of the season, returned to play the next nine and then was kept out of two games earlier this month.

With Krejci out, the Bruins’ forward lines were as follows:

Lucic – Kelly – Griffith
Marchand – Bergeron – Smith
Fraser – Soderberg – Eriksson
Paille – Campbell – Gagne

Julien said that the team would make a decision on Monday as to whether Krug plays. Krug suffered a broken finger on Oct. 28 against the Wild. Krug began practicing with the team on Friday.

“I feel good,” Krug said. “I still obviously don’€™t know when I’€™m going to be back in the lineup. That’€™s up to the medical staff and coaches as well. I feel more comfortable. Every time I’€™m out on the ice, I feel better about it, so that’€™s good so far.”

Julien didn’€™t have much of an update on David Warsofsky, saying only that the player was examined Saturday. Steve Harris of the Boston Herald has reported that Warsofsky is out for 2-3 weeks with a pulled groin.

If Krug is not abel to return to the lineup Monday, Matt Bartkowski will play after serving the last four games as a healthy scratch.

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David Warsofsky out ‘for a while’ with injury 11.07.14 at 1:36 pm ET
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David Warsofsky

WILMINGTON — Claude Julien said after Friday’€™s practice that he isn’€™t worried about David Krejci‘€™s status and that Patrice Bergeron simply took a maintenance day. The other absence from practice, however, left reason for concern.

Julien said that David Warsofsky is injured and is out for “a while.”

When asked for a more specific timetable on the player, Julien said he couldn’t give one.

“I have no idea. I’€™m not a doctor,” Julien said. ‘€œI know he’€™s out for a while. I don’€™t know how long.”

Warsofsky’€™s injury is unknown. He did not play the final 6:46 of Thursday’€™s win over the Oilers. He played four games for the B’€™s since being recalled to replace the injured Torey Krug.

Friday was Krug’€™s first practice with the team since suffering a broken finger last Tuesday against the Wild. Krug had skated on his own in recent days before joining his teammates Friday.

“It’s coming along nicely [and has] made some good progress the last couple days,” Krug said. “It’s great to be back on the ice with my teammates and competing and everything like that, so it’s feeling better, that’s for sure.”

The Bruins next play Monday when they host the Devils at TD Garden. Julien would not rule Krug out for that contest, saying the B’s will “cross that bridge when we come to it.”

If Krug is not able to go on Monday, Matt Bartkowski could re-enter the lineup after sitting the last four games as a healthy scratch.

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Torey Krug returns to Bruins practice, David Krejci among absences 11.07.14 at 11:51 am ET
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Torey KrugTor

WILMINGTON –€” David Krejci, Patrice Bergeron and David Warsofsky were all absent from Bruins practice Friday at Ristuccia Arena, though Torey Krug participated in the session.

Krug is working his way back from a broken finger suffered last Tuesday against the Wild. He has been skating, but Friday marked his first time practicing with the team. Krug took contact in the practice.

At the time of his injury, he was expected to miss 2-3 weeks.

The Bruins don’€™t play again until Monday, so it’€™s possible the absences could be more about maintenance than an inability to go. Krejci, who returned from what’€™s believed to be a hip injury Thursday night, left the bench briefly during the third period because he said he was sore.

With Krejci not on the ice, Chris Kelly centered Krejci’€™s line with Seth Griffith and Milan Lucic Friday. Matt Fraser was in Kelly’€™s familiar spot on Carl Soderberg’€™s line with Loui Eriksson. Fraser played there in the two games that Krejci missed and played the first two-plus periods with Soderberg and Eriksson Thursday before being taken off the line in the third period.

Bergeron has not missed any games this season. Krug wore a gold jersey and skated with Bergeron’s line during line drills.

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David Krejci returns, still battling injury 11.07.14 at 1:22 am ET
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David Krejci is back in the Bruins’€™ lineup, but the pain isn’€™t gone.

Krejci said after Thursdays’€™s game that the injury that caused him to miss the previous two games is one that he’€™ll continue to battle going forward. According to a source, Krejci played through pain earlier on after a hip injury forced him to miss the first three games of the season. The issue kept him out of the lineup Saturday against the Senators and Tuesday against the Panthers.

The 28-year-old center played 16:16 Thursday, his lowest time on ice of the season, but that was because he racked up six penalty minutes in the first period due to a high-sticking double minor and a hooking call. Krejci also left the bench briefly in the third period because he said he was “a little sore.”

The Bruins next play Monday, so Krejci will have time to recover from any discomfort he may have felt in his return. The Bruins will need him to get through games close to pain-free, but it doesn’€™t appear that’€™s the case right now.

“It’€™s a concern that’€™s not the start to the season I would love to have, but it is what it is,” Krejci said. “This is my first time that I’€™m actually battling with injuries in my career so I got to get through it. It’€™s something new for me, but I’€™ve been working hard and felt pretty good today so I was good enough to play so hopefully I’€™ll have the next few days good days and feel even better on Monday.”

That part about him not previously battling injuries isn’€™t quite true. Krejci played with a torn labrum in his hip throughout the 2008-09 season and had surgery on it after the season. He told reporters Thursday that this is not the same injury.

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5 things we learned as Bruins win 4th straight 11.06.14 at 9:37 pm ET
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The Bruins won their fourth straight game Thursday with a 5-2 win over the Oilers (box), and it was the kind of win that should leave them with a pretty good taste in their mouths as they embark upon a long weekend without any game action.

Yes, they were playing the lowly Oilers (who didn’€™t have Taylor Hall in the lineup), but their response to falling behind early in the third period was the blow-the-doors-off kind of showing that should give them a little reminder that, as their injured defensemen continue to rehab their injuries, they can still be dominant when needed.

Dougie Hamilton had three points in 2:34, registering assists on a Loui Eriksson goal and a pair of power-play tallies from Carl Soderberg. Edmonton, meanwhile, didn’t have a shot on goal in the last 11 minutes of the game.

The win improved the B’€™s to 9-6-0 on the season.

Here are four other things we learned Thursday night.


Thursday marked David Krejci‘€™s return from what was believed to be a hip injury that had caused him to miss the previous two games. His return brought good opportunities for his line and a whole lot of penalty minutes.

Krejci’€™s line had ample opportunities over the first two periods. Seth Griffith couldn’€™t finish on a feed from Milan Lucic early in the first, while Lucic couldn’€™t get his stick on a feed in front from Griffith in the second. A bid from Krejci high in the zone with Lucic going to the net was nabbed by Scrivens later in the period.

The most controversial chance of the night came in the third period, however, as a high shot from Griffith on a 2-on-2 yielded a loose puck in the crease that Krejci whacked into the net, but the play was blown dead because the officials couldn’€™t see the puck. Lucic would pick up an empty netter in the final seconds of the game.

Though Krejci’€™s line had some offensive looks, the veteran center racked up more penalty minutes in the first period than he had all season entering the night. Krejci took a high-sticking double-minor at 14:34 of the first, leading to Boyd Gordon’€™s power play goal, and he was called for hooking Nail Yakupov at the end of the period.

The six penalty minutes in the opening 20 for Krejci surpassed the four penalty minutes he had in his first nine games of the season combined.


With Krejci returning to the lineup, the Bruins had an interesting choice of what to do with a few of their forwards.

That began with where to put Chris Kelly, who had played in place of Krejci with Milan Lucic and Seth Griffith the previous two games. The team opted to put Kelly on the fourth line and scratch Simon Gagne, leaving Fraser in Kelly’€™s old spot on Carl Soderberg’€™s line with Loui Eriksson. Kelly was put back on the line in place of Fraser after the trio gave up a Mark Arcobello in the third period.

The lineup to begin the game was follows:

Lucic – Krejci – Griffith
Marchand – Bergeron – Smith
Fraser – Soderberg – Eriksson
Kelly – Campbell – Paille

Seidenberg – Hamilton
Morrow – McQuaid
Warsofsky – Trotman

Though Fraser got to stick in the lineup, he didn’€™t get to play much in a night that had lots of special teams early on. Fraser is not on either of the power play or penalty kill units, so he was limited to just three shifts in the first period. He got five shifts in the second period and was unable to contest the puck that Arcobello blasted past Rask early in the third period.


Loui Eriksson hadn’€™t scored in eight games, but that finally changed in the third period Thursday when he got off the bench, raced to a loose puck in front and tied the game with his third goal of the season. Minutes later, Carl Soderberg gave the Bruins the lead on a power play goal and added to it with a second power play tally.

Though the numbers haven’€™t always shown it, Eriksson and Soderberg have been two of Boston’€™s more consistent forwards this season. With David Krejci being in and out of the lineup and Patrice Bergeron‘€™s line struggling at points, the B’€™s have gotten much-needed stability from both Eriksson and Soderberg.


By the looks of Smith’€™s first period, Thursday’€™s game seemed as though it could have been a snake-bitten affair. He rang iron earlier in the period and was later offsides as he took a long pass just before the blue line from David Warsofsky that would have set up a 1-on-1 scoring chance.

Smith’€™s talent won out over his luck, however, as he took a pass on his backhand from Marchand late in the period, walked up on Nikita Nikitin and ripped a shot past Scrivins glove side.

The goal was Smith’€™s third of the season and first since Oct. 15. The 23-year-old now has points in three of his last four games (one goal, two assists).

Smith had another chance in the third period off a rebound of a Brad Marchand wraparound attempt but couldn’€™t get enough on it.

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