OTTAWA — Bruins forward David Krejci and defenseman Colin Miller are both unlikely to suit up Saturday in Game 2 of the Boston-Ottawa playoff series.
Little-used Joe Morrow, who hasn’t played a varsity game since Jan. 22, is expected to slot into Morrow’s defensive spot and probably pair with Kevan Miller.
Following his club’s brief workout here early Friday afternoon, Boston coach Bruce Cassidy all but declared both players out of the lineup for the 3 p.m. matinee.
After first saying Krejci was “unavailable” for Game 2, Cassidy later said, “I guess I should say he’s not looking good.”
Krejci, who did not suit up for Wednesday’s series opener, a 2-1 Boston victory, did not appear at practice.
“He wasn’t [feeling] very good today,” said Cassidy. “We were hoping he would skate. Didn’t happen. Not playing for four days, it’s going to be difficult.”
Krejci remains here and has not flown back to Boston. He is dealing with an upper-body injury, with speculation that it could be a hand or wrist injury.
Miller, who sustained a knee injury early in the second period of Game 1, did suit up for the workout but participated only on a limited basis. When the defensemen paired up for drills, he remained on the sidelines, leaving Morrow and Kevan Miller to form a tandem.
Asked if Morrow would be in the lineup, Cassidy said, “It’s looking that way right now. He’s been with us all year, so we are comfortable if we have to make that move.”
Cassidy added that Colin Miller, like Krejci, is considered day-to-day, leaving open the possibility that one or both could go on Saturday. But the more Cassidy spoke, the more it sounded as though Morrow will play, and that Ryan Spooner will take Krejci’s spot, pivoting Drew Stafford and David Backes.
Cassidy later added that the club also could opt to bring up a defenseman from Providence.