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David Krejci returns to Bruins lineup vs. Oilers, Simon Gagne a healthy scratch 11.06.14 at 7:13 pm ET
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David Krejci returned to the Bruins lineup Thursday after missing the previous two games with what was believed to be a hip injury.

With Krejci returning to the lineup, Simon Gagne was made a healthy scratch. The lineup for the B’€™s was as follows:

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

Seidenberg – Hamilton
Morrow – McQuaid
Warsofsky – Trotman

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David Krejci a possibility to return to Bruins lineup Thursday at 11:37 am ET
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The Bruins held an optional morning skate Thursday, with both David Krejci and Torey Krug taking the ice at TD Garden.

Krejci has missed the last two games (and five overall this season) due to a hip injury. He skated prior to Wednesday’€™s practice and could make his return to the lineup Thursday against the Oilers. Claude Julien said the team would determine during the day whether he would take pregame warmups and, should that happen, decide if he plays after that.

“We’€™ll see after he gets off,” Julien said of Krejci taking warmups when asked as the optional skate took place. “If he does, there’€™s a chance he’€™ll play, obviously.”

Krug remains out with a broken finger that was suffered last Tuesday against the Wild. Skating isn’€™t the issue for Krug, but rather his ability to grip his stick.

“He’€™s doing well. Obviously his finger is doing much, much, much better,” Julien said. “It depends again how quickly that comes around. He’€™s the only one that’€™s probably going to be able to tell us. Right now, medically they’€™ve given him permission to go out and skate and hold on to his stick and everything else. I think, from what I’€™m being told right now, it will be up to him how quickly he gets that feeling that he can hold his stick properly and that it’€™s not going to be an issue.”

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David Krejci misses practice as Bruins prepare for Oilers 11.05.14 at 11:59 am ET
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WILMINGTON — David Krejci skated prior to Wednesday’€™s Bruins practice, but left the ice as the team began skating at Ristuccia Arena. Krejci has missed the last two games with a hip injury that he’€™s battled all season.

Claude Julien said after the skate that he didn’t know if Krejci would be available for Thursday’s game against the Oilers. Missing Thursday would provide extended rest for Krejci, as the Bruins won’t play again after Thursday until Monday when they host the Devils.

The lines in practice were the same they’€™ve been the last two games:

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

Seidenberg – Hamilton
Morrow – McQuaid
Warsofsky – Trotman

Oilers captain and former Bruin Andrew Ference will not play in Thursday’s game, as he is serving the second game of a three-game suspension for a high hit on Vancouver forward Zack Kassian.

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Brad Marchand proves he still loves seeing Roberto Luongo between the pipes at 1:52 am ET
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No one on the Bruins gets quite as excited about facing Roberto Luongo as Brad Marchand.

Marchand was the player who scored five goals against Vancouver in the 2011 Stanley Cup finals, four of which came against Luongo and the final one game on an empty net in Game 7 after he and the Bruins chased him from the game with under three minutes left.

On Tuesday, in a game much less significant, Marchand did it again to Luongo, this time at 3:27 of overtime on a spectacular goal to give the Bruins a 2-1 overtime win against the Florida Panthers at TD Garden. Marchand, who missed two great chances earlier in overtime, blew by defenseman Dylan Olsen, dragging the puck to Olsen’s left. On the other side, Marchand re-collected the puck and snapped one past Luongo’s blocker. Game over.

“Well he’€™s a big guy, and he fills a lot of the net,” Marchand said of Luongo. “He seems to battle hard, and cuts his angles down well. I mean he’€™s one of the top goalies in the league. He has been for a long time. It’€™s always tough when you play him.”

Asked specifically if he has more confidence against Luongo, Marchand didn’t dispute the obvious.

“Yeah, definitely. Anytime I go into a game and there’€™s a goalie that I score on more than others, I always feel confident in that situation,” Marchand admitted. “And tonight, I kind of felt the same way. You kind of hope at the same time that maybe luck will be on your side, but again, you want to try to be confident all the time, but it’€™s definitely something you can use to your advantage.”

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David Krejci to miss second straight game with hip injury 11.04.14 at 12:23 pm ET
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David Krejci will miss his second straight game Tuesday when the Bruins host the Panthers at TD Garden.

Per a source, Krejci has been battling a hip injury suffered in the preseason that forced him to miss the first three games of the season. He returned to post nine points (three goals, six assists) in nine games, but the pain became too much to play through. Krejci has not skated since last Thursday’€™s game against the Sabres.

The Bruins termed Krejci day-to-day on Monday, with their hope Tuesday being that the injury doesn’€™t keep him out much longer.

“€œHe’€™s going to be out tonight, but we don’€™t think it’€™s a real major issue,”€ Claude Julien said after the morning skate. “œHe should be back soon.”€

According to Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald, both Torey Krug (broken finger) and Kevan Miller (dislocated shoulder) skated prior to the morning skate. Miller began skating Monday.

Tuukka Rask is expected to start Tuesday, while Matt Bartkowski appears headed for a third consecutive healthy scratch. With Krejci out, the lineup from morning skate was as follows:

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

Seidenberg – Hamilton
Morrow – McQuaid
Warsofsky – Trotman

Rask

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Kevan Miller begins skating, David Krejci day-to-day 11.03.14 at 12:50 pm ET
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Kevan Miller

Kevan Miller

Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller began skating Monday in his effort to return from a dislocated shoulder suffered on Oct. 18.

Miller skated by himself after Monday’€™s Bruins practice. He was considered out indefinitely following the injury, which happened in a fight against Nicolas Deslauriers.

David Krejci did not practice Monday. Claude Julien said that Krejci is day-to-day with the injury that caused him to miss Saturday’€™s game. According to a source, Krejci is battling the same hip injury that forced him to miss the first three games of the season.

With Krejci out, Chris Kelly centered Milan Lucic and Seth Griffith in Monday’€™s practice, just as he did in Saturday’€™s win over the Senators. The Bruins’€™ forward lines were as follows:

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

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Five things we learned as Bruins beat Senators without David Krejci 11.01.14 at 9:40 pm ET
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Matt Fraser scored two goals Saturday. (Getty Images)

Matt Fraser scored two goals Saturday. (Getty Images)

On paper, Saturday’€™s game against the Senators looked to be perhaps the hardest game of a relatively soft part of the Bruins’€™ schedule. The B’€™s were able to take care of it with a 4-2 win despite missing one of their best players.

A source told WEEI.com Saturday night that Krejci continues to deal with the hip injury that forced him to miss the first three games of the season. Krejci has been playing through pain and getting great results on the ice, but was finally given a night off on Saturday.

With Krejci out, the Bruins used the following lineup:

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

Seidenberg – Hamilton
Morrow – McQuaid
Warsofsky – Trotman

Krejci will continue to battle his hip injury, but it’€™s unknown how many more games, whether sporadically throughout the season or otherwise, it will cost him.

Here are four other things we learned Saturday night:

FRASER GETS TO PLAY HIS POSITION

Matt Fraser will do whatever the Bruins ask of him, but that doesn’€™t mean he’€™ll be great at it. He needs to play left wing, preferably with some guys who can play. He did Saturday and scored two goals.

For just the second time this season, the left-shooting Fraser played on the left side. With Kelly moving up to Krejci’€™s spot, Fraser was able to slot in on the left wing of Carl Soderberg’€™s line with Loui Eriksson, reuniting a trio that looked good last postseason against the Canadiens.

In Fraser’€™s other four games this season, he was used as the right wing on a line with a rusty Milan Lucic and struggling Ryan Spooner (three games) and on the fourth line with Daniel Paille and Gregory Campbell last month in Buffalo.

Saturday marked the first time this season Fraser got a chance to play his position with a line that could do some offensive damage and got two goals out of it.

The first goal came just as Fraser was getting onto the ice, as he whacked a rebound past Robin Lehner with Eriksson in front. It was his second goal, scored just 1:28 later, that really showed why he’€™s deserving of NHL minutes. Fraser caught up to a beauty of a pass from Soderberg in the offensive zone and fired a snap shot over Lehner’€™s glove.

Because of his shot alone, Fraser should be an NHL player. When he doesn’€™t get to use it, he isn’€™t of much use out there. In his first four games of the season, Fraser had just two shots on goal. He had five Saturday, two of which went in.

MARCHAND HITS HIS STRIDE

For two straight seasons, Brad Marchand has responded to a slow start by catching fire.

Fortunately for the Bruins, it didn’€™t take him 26 games like it did last season. Marchand had just one goal over the first 11 games of the season, but after scoring the tying and winning goals Thursday against Buffalo, Marchand picked up his fourth goal of the season in the first period Saturday.

The goal was a positive sign for a Patrice Bergeron line that is coming around after a slow start. Bergeron won an offensive zone faceoff back to Marchand, who fired a wrist shot from the top of the left circle that trickled past Lehner to open the game’€™s scoring.

Given the way the last two seasons have gone, Marchand is establishing himself as a streaky player. At least he’€™s streaking the right way at this point.

SEIDENBERG OVERCOMES ROUGH LUCK

Technically, Dennis Seidenberg lost the puck to Mark Stone along the wall in the offensive zone, leading to an Ottawa 2-on-1 on which Stone scored in the first period. Replays showed that Seidenberg had to battle more than Stone, as the linesman got in the way, preventing Seidenberg from retaining the puck.

In the third period, the hockey gods made up for Seidenberg’€™s bad break when a puck squirted out to the top of the left circle. Seidenberg stepped into it and blasted it past Lehner, whose vision was obstructed by a screening Bergeron. The goal was Seidenberg’€™s first of the season.

Seidenberg later got beaten by Mika Zibanejad in front on the Senators’ second goal of the night.

BRUINS ARE STICKING WITH JOE MORROW

For the second straight game, the Bruins scratched Matt Bartkowski in favor of the former Penguins‘€™ first-round pick.

To be fair, the Bruins had healthy scratches in mind for Bartkowski when they signed him to a one-year, $1.25 million contract this offseason, but he without a doubt topped the ‘€œnext guy up’€ list. For him to be sitting with three of the team’€™s regular defensemen out of the lineup is a clear sign that both he and the team know he hasn’€™t been himself this season and that the Bruins are confident in Morrow.

Just how confident? After playing 17:51 against the Sabres (including an overtime shift), the B’€™s gave Morrow over 16 minutes for a second straight game. Bartkowski’€™s season-high is 20:57, which he played on Oct. 23 against the Islanders, but the Bruins have kept Bartkowski under 15 minutes in three of his five games.

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