WILMINGTON -– David Krejci was missing from Thursday’s practice at Ristuccia Arena, and the fact he was the only Bruins player not on the ice set off some premature bells and whistles.
But Bruins coach Claude Julien said it was “a minimal maintenance” day for the playmaking center and NHL’s leading scorer in the Stanley Cup playoffs as they ready for a nasty battle against the Pittsburgh Penguins this weekend.
“It’s very minor. He’s fine,” said Claude Julien. "It was a maintenance day...minimal maintenance."
That’s good for news for the Bruins, since Krejci is the NHL’s leading scorer in the playoffs (17 points) while Evgeni Malkin (16), Kris Letang (16) and Sidney Crosby (15) take up the next three scoring spots with Nathan Horton (12) rounding out the top five.
Krejci, Horton and Milan Lucic have been the most dominant forward line through the entire Stanley Cup playoffs, but they did cool down a bit in the second round against the Rangers after a torrid stretch against the Maple Leafs.
It appeared Krejci had one of his knees hyper-extended during an awkward collision in the latter half of the Game 5 win over the New York Rangers last weekend, but the Czech Republic pivot hadn’t missed either of the long practice sessions this week prior to today’s absence.
Rich Peverley took Krejci’s place during extensive power play work for the Black and Gold during Thursday’s practice, as Boston wrapped things up after about 30 minutes.