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Adam McQuaid, Steven Kampfer back at practice; David Krejci still absent 10.17.11 at 10:55 am ET
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WILMINGTON — The Bruins returned to practice Monday at Ristuccia Arena, with a couple of injured defenseman taking part in the skate. Adam McQuaid, who suffered a head last Wednesday, was back on the ice after missing Saturday’s game. Steven Kampfer is back to skating with the team after suffering a sprained left knee in the Bruins’ Sept. 29 preseason game against the Senators.

David Krejci did not take the ice Monday. He suffered a core injury during last Tuesday’s practice. With Krejci out, Tyler Seguin remains on the first line with Nathan Horton and Milan Lucic.

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A few numbers on Tyler Seguin centering the Bruins’ top line 10.13.11 at 6:06 pm ET
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With David Krejci out for Saturday’s game against the Blackhawks, Bruins fans can expect to see more of Tyler Seguin as the team’s first-line center. Seguin skated between Nathan Horton and Milan Lucic for the first time in Wednesday night’s 3-2 loss to the Hurricanes and made a good impression. He scored the team’s first goal in the third-period and is now tied for the team lead with four points through four games.

Given that he’ll play with the line again, here are a few quick notes on Seguin’s first game as the Bruins’ first-line center.

- It should come as no surprise given that he played on the first line, but Wednesday saw Seguin play 20:06, good for a new career high. His previous best in ice time had been 17:22, which he received last Nov. 3.

- Last season, Seguin only got 15 minutes of ice time in five games. This season, he has played at least 16 minutes in every game but Monday’s shutout loss to the Avalanche.

- Seguin won seven of 16 faceoffs Wednesday, good for 43.8 percent. Patrice Bergeron won 16 of 23 (69.6 percent), Chris Kelly won one of seven (14.3 percent) and Gregory Campbell won five of nine (55.6 percent).

- Seguin led all Bruins forwards with four shots on goal Wednesday night. It was the second time this season that he’s done so, as he and Rich Peverley each had five shots on goal Saturday against the Lightning.

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David Krejci remains out, Adam McQuaid’s status unknown at 3:46 pm ET
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It appears Tyler Seguin is in for another game on the first line.

Bruins coach Claude Julien told reporters in Raleigh Thursday that center David Krejci, who suffered a core injury in Tuesday’s practice, will not travel with the team to Chicago for Saturday’s game against the Blackhawks and will miss his second game of the season.

The status of defenseman Adam McQuaid remains unknown. McQuaid went head-first into the boards behind the Bruins’ net in Wednesday’s 3-2 loss to the Hurricanes. Julien said the second-year defenseman is still being evaluated. Should McQuaid be unable to play Saturday, it’s assumed that Matt Bartkowski, who played in place of a sick McQuaid in the season-opener, would play his second game of the season.

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David Krejci day-to-day with core injury, Tyler Seguin to center first line 10.12.11 at 2:13 pm ET
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When the Bruins face the Hurricanes Wednesday, they will be doing so with Tyler Seguin on the first line.

Coach Claude Julien said Wednesday in Carolina that David Krejci did not suffer a knee injury, but rather a core injury in Tuesday’s practice. Krejci will not play Wednesday but is considered day-to-day.

“He’s day to day and it’s an injury in the core area. We can certainly eliminate the knee injury that’s been speculated,” Julien said. “… We’ll see how he does and whether he joins us in Chicago or not.”

With Krejci out, Seguin will become the team’s first-line center and play in the middle of Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton. Seguin is tied for the team lead with three points through three games. He has played on the third line with Chris Kelly and Benoit Pouliot/Jordan Caron. With Seguin jumping up to the top line, both Pouliot and Caron will play.

“We knew that down the road we needed him to step up in that area,” Julien said. “… Moving Tyler there is certainly one of our options there and the one we’re probably going to start with.”

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Vote: With David Krejci out, should Tyler Seguin or Patrice Bergeron center top line? 10.11.11 at 6:47 pm ET
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Claude Julien will have an interesting choice to make without his first-line center Wednesday in Carolina, and you can help him make it (not really).

Who should center the first line if David Krejci is hurt?

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The Bruins announced late Tuesday that Krejci, who was injured in Tuesday’s practice, did not travel to Carolina and will not play Wednesday night. The B’s aren’t strangers to seeing the Milan Lucic – Krejci – Nathan Horton trio disrupted by an injury to Krejci, as the top line center missed time early on last year with a concussion. When Krejci went down, Patrice Bergeron stepped in to center the line, but he isn’t the only option this time around.

Tyler Seguin is a very viable and intriguing candidate. The second-year player looks drastically different from his timid self of a season ago, as he is stronger and playing with far more confidence than he did in his 11-goal, 11-assist rookie campaign. He’s holding onto the puck longer (he was quick to get rid of it a season ago), and hasn’t slowed up when chasing a puck in the corners.  Through three games, Seguin is tied with Brad Marchand for the team lead with three points. One drawback with Seguin is that, though he is a natural center, he has been playing right wing this season.

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Bruins might have to shake up lines as David Krejci leaves practice with undisclosed injury at 1:13 pm ET
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David Krejci led all skaters in postseason goals and points last spring. (AP)

WILMINGTON — The Bruins took the ice with their normal lines Tuesday, a sign that they aren’t interested in shaking things up after a 1-2-0 start, but after first-line center David Krejci left Tuesday’s practice at Ristuccia Arena with an undisclosed injury, they might have to.

Members of the media did not see the injury, as it came during Peter Chiarelli‘s press conference following the signing of forward Rich Peverley. The Bruins did not offer much on the status of Krejci, who was said to have left the ice in apparent pain.

“I don’t know,” coach Claude Julien said of the injury. “I can’t really tell you the severity of it right now. He’s being looked at. I can probably give you more this afternoon when we find out more.”

Asked whether it was an upper-body or lower-body or injury, Julien said it was a “body” injury. He did not know whether Krejci would travel with the team to Carolina on Tuesday.

“I don’t know yet. I haven’t really had a chat yet,” he said. “If he doesn’t he’ll be behind and get checked out. I don’t know how severe it is right now.”

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Claude Giroux and the Flyers took the banner as a ‘slap in the face’ 10.07.11 at 2:08 am ET
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Claude Giroux is one of the holdovers from the Flyers team that was dispatched by the Bruins and then dismantled in the summer. These Flyers who traded captain Mike Richards and Jeff Carter have been remade. But Giroux was on that team last spring and he remembered how it felt last May when the Bruins sent them packing.

He also watched as the Bruins used that four-game sweep as a springboard to the Stanley Cup title they celebrated Thursday night with a banner-raising ceremony.

“Coming to a game here, especially the first game of the season when they are raising the banner, it’s a slap in the face and its motivation for a little payback even though it’s the first game of the season,” Giroux said. “It’s good for our ego and everybody was ready to go tonight.”

Giroux put his money where he mouth was by scoring a power play goal with less than two minutes left in the first. That was followed a minute late by a goal from Jakub Voracek. On Giroux’s goal it was another newcomer who played a big role – Jaromir Jagr – who fed a speeding Giroux down the slot.

“Yeah I think that he saw that I had speed,” Giroux said. “I don’t really remember what happened, it happened so quick. I made the inside move and I was able to beat that defenseman and take it to the net.”

It’s just one game but the Bruins’ sweep in May netted a lot of change in Philly, including Ilya Bryzgalov, the new $30 million goalie for the Flyers. And for one night, it paid off for Philly.

“I mean everyone was pretty excited and nervous and it turned out great,” Giroux said. “Obviously Bryz had the key saves at the end to make sure we got that win.”

Those saves on Nathan Horton and David Krejci were just the kind of game-stoppers Bruins fans remember Tim Thomas making last spring en route to the Stanley Cup title.

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