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Chris Kelly and David Krejci remain out, Bruins have multiple game-time decisions vs. Penguins 11.24.14 at 11:50 am ET
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David Krejci and Chris Kelly remain out for the Bruins as they face the Penguins Monday night. Both players were absence from morning skate, with Claude Julien saying afterwards that Krejci has taken a step backwards with his injury and that Kelly is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury.

Brad Marchand is also a game-time decision for the Bruins, with Julien saying there are other forwards who could be in or out due to injury. Both David Pastrnak and Jordan Caron were present for the skate. The lines in morning skate were as follows:

Marchand/Fraser – Bergeron – Smith
Lucic – Soderberg – Eriksson
Paille – Campbell – Gagne
Caron – Khokhlachev – Pastrnak/Griffith

Krejci has dealt with multiple lower-body issues. He battled a hip injury earlier in the season and is believed to be nursing a different issue in the same area. Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald reported Monday that the current issue is a groin pull. Playing through one issue in that area creates strain on others, so it’s possible the current injury is a result of the previous one.

“Right now what I’€™ll tell you is we’€™ve taken a step back again,” Julien said. “It’€™s something that I can’€™t even go into. It’€™s been way more complicated… again as you know, these are not machines, these guys, and there’€™s certain things you try and fix and then you find out there’€™s a little bit more and nobody knows and nobody should know until you go from one stage to the next.

“The one thing I can tell you is that when he played he was one hundred percent, but we took him out because after that he wasn’€™t one hundred percent anymore. That’€™s where it’€™s tough. You say he’€™s one hundred percent, should you hold him back? I don’€™t believe in holding anybody back because if he’€™s ok the next day then we wasted a game with him, so we’€™re working on that. The only thing I would tell you is that everything I’€™m being told, it’€™s not something we’€™re going to have to manage all year and I know that’€™s a big issue in wondering what’€™s going on but it’€™s something that’€™s going to be fixed is what I’€™m being told. So don’€™t shoot the messenger.”

Tuukka Rask was the first Bruins goalie off the ice Monday, indicating he will be in net against the Penguins.

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Adam McQuaid on David Krejci’s in-and-out season: ‘I can definitely relate’ 11.18.14 at 12:33 pm ET
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Adam McQuaid hopes David Krejci can return to the Bruins' lineup for good. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Adam McQuaid hopes David Krejci can return to the Bruins’ lineup for good. (Elsa/Getty Images)

David Krejci‘€™s in-and-out-of-the-lineup season hasn’€™t been easy on him or the Bruins, but one teammate doesn’€™t have to look too far back to remember what it’€™s like.

“I can definitely relate,” Adam McQuaid said Tuesday. “It’€™s not easy.”

Krejci has missed a total of nine games this season due to what is believed to be a hip injury-turned-somewhere-else-in-the-lower-body injury. He missed the first three games of the season, returned for nine, sat two, played one and sat the last four. He is nearing his latest return to the lineup and is a possibility to play Tuesday against the Blues.

Though the injuries may not be the same, the frustration of coming back into the lineup only to leave it again is similar. McQuaid suffered a lower-body injury in the 15th game of last season and went on to miss eight games before returning to play 15 more. He came up lame again on Jan. 19 against the Blackhawks and, despite thinking at times that he was nearing a return, did not play another game the rest of the season. The team said they were shutting him down for 2-3 weeks in March due to a quad strain, but the setbacks he had piled up and eventually led to him being shut down for the year and given surgery on another area that needing cleaning up in his ankle.

As McQuaid looks back on his 2013-14 and how he can relate to Krejci, he says the frustrating part is thinking you’€™re ready to go only to find out that you aren’€™t.

“When I went through it, you’€™re trying to gauge where you’€™re at, and you take the proper steps and it’€™s like, ‘€˜OK, I feel good.’€™ Then you try the next thing,” McQuaid said. “Until you try the next thing, you don’€™t know. Sometimes it doesn’€™t go as planned, and then the competitive [aspect] — wanting to push yourself to get back a little bit quicker than you should at times –€” probably doesn’€™t help. It takes a little time.”

This season, McQuaid hasn’€™t had to worry about such uncertainty. He’€™s played in all 19 games for the Bruins thus far ‘€” the longest stretch of consecutive games he’€™s had since the lockout-shortened season ‘€” and has been an important part of a blue line that has lost Johnny Boychuk to a trade and has also lost Zdeno Chara, Kevan Miller and Torey Krug to various injuries at points.

There was a time while McQuaid was out last season that it appeared he would ultimately be expendable on Boston’€™s back end, but it has become the opposite. McQuaid, who has played 19:55 a night this season, has taken on the opposition’€™s top-six forwards regularly after serving as a third-pairing guy for the vast majority of his first four seasons when in the lineup.

“It’€™s great to be back and a part of things here and being with the guys on a daily basis and being in the same routine,” he said. “When you’€™re not practicing and playing and traveling, you’€™re still at the rink and you still see the guys and stuff, but it’€™s not quite the same. I’€™m really enjoying that part, being back in and being on the ice. Feeling like you’€™re a part of wins is nicer than anything.”

McQuaid can only hope that the similarities between his 2013-14 season and Krejci’€™s 2014-15 season end now. Krejci is the Bruins’€™ best offensive player and has been a point-a-game player with 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in his 10 games played this season.

Once Krejci returns, McQuaid has his fingers crossed that everything will be back to normal and that Krejci won’€™t have to experience what McQuaid did a season ago.

“That’€™s the hope,” he said. “I haven’€™t gone into great detail with him about how he’€™s getting along. I mean, we’€™ve talked a little here and there, but again, now is the time if you need the extra time, to take it. At the same time, it’€™s hard. If you’€™re feeling good, you’€™re going to go. If you’€™re feeling good, you’€™re not going to take extra time if you don’€™t feel like you need it. Hopefully when he’€™s back, he’€™s back and back to stay.”

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Brad Marchand out vs. Blues, David Krejci and Kevan Miller could return at 11:40 am ET
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Brad Marchand left Bruins morning skate after one line rush and was subsequently declared out for Tuesday’€™s game against the Blues.

Marchand, who missed the final 13:45 of Saturday’€™s game with an undisclosed injury, practiced Monday and was termed “probable” at the time by Julien. Asked whether Marchand’€™s ailment was a concussion or head injury, Julien said it was not.

Tuesday will mark Marchand’s first missed game of the season. In 19 games thus far, Marchand is tied with Carl Soderberg and Seth Griffith for the team lead with five goals.

David Krejci (lower-body) participated in morning skate and centered his regular linemates in Milan Lucic and Seth Griffith. Julien said that the team didn’€™t know yet whether he would be in. Julien added that if a callup was made Tuesday, it would mean Krejci would be out.

Kevan Miller, who is cleared to play, also participated in the morning skate. Julien said the B’€™s will dress seven defensemen in warmups and decide afterwards whether Miller will be in the lineup. Miller has not played since suffering a dislocated shoulder in a fight on Oct. 18.

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Kevan Miller cleared to play, David Krejci getting closer, Brad Marchand ‘probable’ 11.17.14 at 10:40 am ET
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WILMINGTON — Brad Marchand missed Monday’s practice, while both David Krejci and Kevan Miller took the ice at Ristuccia Arena. After the practice, Julien said that Miller has been cleared to play.

Marchand did not play the final 13:45 of Saturday’s game and also missed the last 6:23 of Wednesday’s game. Following Saturday’s win over the Hurricanes, Claude Julien said that Marchand was “not injured, per se.”

After the practice, Julien said that Marchand was “probable” for Tuesday’s game against the Blues. He added that the injury from which Marchand was suffering occurred in Saturday’s game.

With Marchand absent, Matt Fraser took his place on Patrice Bergeron‘s line.

Krejci, who began skating Friday as he works his way back from a lower-body injury, did line drills with his usual linemates in Milan Lucic and Seth Griffith. Chris Kelly, who has played in Krejci’s place during his absence, returned to Carl Soderberg’s line.

Krejci missed the first three games of the season, returned to play nine, missed two more before returning for one game and missing the last four games. He did not appear to be limited in Monday’s practice.

Julien said that he has yet to be notified that Krejci has been cleared to play. Asked whether the team wanted to be more cautious with Krejci this time than last time, Julien denied any previous impatience on the Bruins’ part.

“Well he was 100 percent last time,” Julien said, “and somehow by the end of the game he didn’€™t feel good again, so we have to take that into consideration as well.”

The forward lines in practice were as follows:

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

Miller hasn’t played since Oct. 18 due to a dislocated shoulder suffered in a fight on Oct. 18. He had taken what the team called “light contact” leading up to Monday’s practice, but participated regularly Monday. Julien said that with Miller cleared to play, the only remaining hurdle is for the team to decide whether he has had enough practice time.

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David Krejci to miss games vs. Maple Leafs and Canadiens 11.11.14 at 12:05 pm ET
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WILMINGTON –€” David Krejci will not travel to Toronto or Montreal for the Bruins’ next two games, Claude Julien said after Krejci was absent from practice Tuesday at Ristuccia Arena.

Krejci has been in and out of the lineup since suffering a hip injury in the preseason, with the 28-year-old center missing three of the last four games. By missing the next two games, Krejci will have missed five of the last six games and eight games in total this season. He last played last Thursday when he returned for one game against the Oilers but left the bench in the third period due to what he called soreness.

Kevan Miller participated in practice as he continued to work his way back from a dislocated shoulder suffered on Oct. 18. He will travel with the B’s, though Julien said that Miller still is not taking contact.

With Krejci out, the Bruins kept Chris Kelly in his place with Milan Lucic and Seth Griffith. The lines were as follows:

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

Seidenberg – Hamilton
Morrow – McQuaid
Krug – Trotman

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David Krejci out vs. Devils, Torey Krug a game-time decision 11.10.14 at 11:26 am ET
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Bruins center David Krejci will not play Monday against the Devils, Claude Julien said after the team’s optional morning skate. It will be Krejci’s third absence in the last four games as he continues to battle a hip injury suffered in the preseason finale. Krejci also missed the first three games of the season.

Torey Krug (finger) is a possibility to return Monday night. He took part in the morning skate, with Julien saying he would be a game-time decision. Krug has missed the last four games since suffering his injury on Oct. 28.

Kevan Miller (dislocated shoulder) also took part in the morning skate, which was attended by all healthy players but Krejci and Loui Eriksson. Julien offered no update on Miller’s status and added that Zdeno Chara has not started skating in his recovery from a torn PCL.

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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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