Julien: Krejci (knee) day-to-day

Julien: Krejci (knee) day-to-day
March 18, 2013, 3:30 pm

WINNIPEG -- The good news is that David Krejci is only day-to-day and doesn’t appear to have broken any bones after absorbing a Johnny Boychuk heat-seeking slap shot off the right knee on Sunday afternoon.

It was feared that Krejci might have broken or fractured the knee cap after taking the shot directly on the knee before falling to the ice in an agonized heap. But Bruins coach Claude Julien indicated that Krejci had traveled with the team to Winnipeg and underwent treatment while many of his teammates skated in an optional practice at the MTS IcePlex, in Winnipeg, on Monday afternoon.

Instead, it sounds like Krejci has the mother of all knee bruises, and the club still isn’t sure exactly how long the 26-year-old pivot will be out of the lineup.

“He came in for treatment and he’s day-to-day. It’s serious enough that he didn’t skate today and he’s getting treatment, but we’ll see how he is tomorrow,” said Claude Julien. “There are no broken bones. The damage is from the shot, as you know. But he’s getting treatment and we’re hoping he’ll get back soon. It’s nothing to the point where we’d be talking about weeks [that Krejci is out of the lineup.]”

Because a source indicated to CSNNE.com that 21-year-old play-making prospect Ryan Spooner has been called up from the AHL, and is en route to meet the team in Winnipeg for tomorrow night’s game against the Jets. The offensively gifted Spooner leads the Providence Bruins with 33 assists and has 45 points in 50 games during his first full season of professional hockey.

Even with Spooner in the lineup for Krejci, Claude Julien said the team will have to chip in team-wide in order to absorb the losses of 20-goal scorers Krejci and Chris Kelly for the lineup for the next couple of games. Krejci is second on the B’s in scoring with 24 points this season, and was enjoying his most consistent NHL season prior to getting nailed in the knee.

“It’s a collective team thing,” said Julien. “It’s up to everybody to pick up the slack. When you look at Ottawa, that’s what they’ve done as a group. You’ve just got to play hard. We know the goals aren’t going to come at a premium when you’ve got goal scorers out of your lineup, but at the same time you’ve got to get together, work hard and certain guys have to chip in so we can get through it.”

The partial attendance at practice on Monday means we won’t get a look at the new line combinations until Tuesday morning skate at the MTS Centre, and see where Spooner potentially fits into a Krejci-less Bruins lineup.