Krejci on ice for skate, game time decision vs. Ottawa

Krejci on ice for skate, game time decision vs. Ottawa
March 21, 2013, 1:00 pm
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David Krejci says his line has played 'so-so' and expects a stronger performance in Game 5.

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KANATA, ON – Some thought his season might be over after David Krejci absorbed a Johnny Boychuk rocket off the knee, so it was a welcomed sight to view the play-making center on the ice, taking part in Thursday morning skate at Scotiabank Place.

Krejci took a few lines rushes in between Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton – as did 21-year-old rookie Ryan Spooner – absorbed a little body contact from some of his Bruins teammates and took a few face-offs against Spooner at the end of practice for old time’s sake.

Though it was Krejci’s first time on the ice since taking the slap-shot off the knee, Julien said the No. 1 center will be back in the lineup if the right knee feels good enough to play.

“He’s a game time decision,” said Bruins coach Claude Julien. “He skated this morning and we’ll see how he feels after warm-up. If he feels good then he’s going to go.”

Anton Khudobin and Tuukka Rask stepped off the ice simultaneously with the backup heading down the runway right before the Finnish netminder, so the goaltender for tonight is up in the air at this point. But it wouldn’t surprise at all if it was Khudobin based on the way the No. 1 goaltender of Kazakhstan has played, and Julien’s comments to NESN following Tuesday night’s loss that Rask should have made a stop on Winnipeg’s game-winning goal in the third period.

Here are the other forward combinations and defense pairings based on Thursday’s morning skate:

Lucic-Spooner-Horton
Marchand-Bergeron-Seguin
Pandolfo-Peverley-Caron
Paille-Campbell-Thornton
 
Chara-Boychuk
Seidenberg-Hamilton
Ference-Johnson

Khudobin
Rask