The puck dropped Wednesday night on the 2014-15 NHL season. But it dropped without David Krejci.
The Bruins’ top-line center was placed on injured reserve Monday night, meaning that he will miss at least the first three games: against the Flyers on Wednesday, in Detroit on Thursday, and against the Capitals on Saturday.
“He’s doing much better today, so let’s just hope that things continue to improve and he’s back in our lineup after Saturday,” coach Claude Julien said Wednesday. “It all depends on how he does from here on in.”
Krejci apparently was injured in Saturday’s preseason finale. He retreated down the tunnel twice in the second period, and did not return to the game. The injury, the nature of which is undisclosed, was called “very, very minor” by Julien at the time, but has turned out to be a bit more than minor.
“I didn’t feel good enough to finish the game,” Krejci said Tuesday at the team’s media day, after missing that morning’s practice. “We were just being cautious.
“It didn’t heal as fast as I would have liked it to. I would say it’s kind of day to day.”
Without Krejci, the team turned to Ryan Spooner, the young, speedy, talented center. Spooner centered Milan Lucic and Matt Fraser in Wednesday’s morning skate.
The Bruins and Julien took a tough-love approach to Spooner this week, sending him back to Providence a week ago before bringing him back up on Friday. Even with the 22-year-old being named to the opening-day roster, Julien wasn’t exactly backing off on Wednesday morning.
“This is not negative, but he hasn’t made the team,” the coach said. “He’s here. He’s got to hang on to his spot. We’re giving him that opportunity. So we’ve said that before: Anybody who feels comfortable here certainly doesn’t have the right approach to our team. It’s about earning it.
“But the thing I liked about what he did was he had an average camp, he was sent down, and he came back and he showed us that he wanted a second chance and proved that he deserved a second chance. So he’s got it now.”
Flyers at a glance
■ When, where: 7:30 p.m., TD Garden.
■ TV, radio: NBCSN, WBZ-FM (98.5).
■ Goals: Wayne Simmonds 29, Claude Giroux 28, Jakub Voracek 23.
■ Assists: Giroux 58, Voracek 39, Mark Streit 34.
■ Goaltending: Steve Mason (33-18-7, 2.50 GAA), Ray Emery (9-12-2, 2.96 GAA).
■ Head to head: This is the first of three meetings. The Bruins swept the Flyers, 3-0, last season.
■ Miscellany: Giroux, the team captain, is active after sustaining a groin/abdominal injury during the opening moments of training camp . . . Simmonds has a foot injury and will be a game-day decision . . . Defenseman Michael Del Zotto will make his Flyers debut after playing five years with the Rangers and Predators . . . The Flyers held their team-bonding session over the weekend on Cape Cod (Orleans), playing paintball and going fishing.
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