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Krejci a game-time decision for Bruins

Thursday, 03.21.2013 / 12:34 PM

By Erin Nicks - NHL.com Correspondent / 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

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Krejci a game-time decision for Bruins

OTTAWA -- Boston Bruins center David Krejci said that when he woke up Thursday morning, his right knee felt "much better," but his status for the game Thursday against the Ottawa Senators won't be decided until game-time.

Krejci was hurt in the third period of the Bruins' game Sunday against the Pittsburgh Penguins, when he was hit in the leg by a Johnny Boychuk shot. Krejci sat out Boston's game Tuesday against the Winnipeg Jets.

If Krejci can't play, it's likely Ryan Spooner will remain in his spot. Spooner had two shots on goal in 15:29 of ice time Tuesday against the Jets.

For the Senators, it appears defenseman Mike Lundin will return to the lineup for the first time since March 2, when he sustained a concussion during a game against the Philadelphia Flyers.

However, Ottawa could be without blueliner Marc Methot, who left the Senators' game Tuesday early in the second period with a lower-body injury.

Here are the projected lineups for the Boston Bruins and Ottawa Senators, who will face off at Scotiabank Place on Thursday:

BRUINS

Milan Lucic - Ryan Spooner - Nathan Horton

Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Tyler Seguin

Jay Pandolfo - Rich Peverley - Jordan Caron

Daniel Paille - Gregory Campbell - Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara - Johnny Boychuk

Dennis Seidenberg - Dougie Hamilton

Andrew Ference - Aaron Johnson

Tuukka Rask

Anton Khudobin

Scratched: Lane MacDermid

Injured: Chris Kelly (leg), Adam McQuaid (shoulder), David Krejci (knee)

SENATORS

Guillaume Latendresse - Zack Smith - Daniel Alfredsson

Colin Greening - Kyle Turris - Erik Condra

Jakob Silfverberg - Mika Zibanejad - Chris Neil

Matt Kassian - Peter Regin - Jim O’Brien

Mike Lundin - Sergei Gonchar

Chris Phillips - Eric Gryba

Andre Benoit - Patrick Wiercioch

Robin Lehner

Ben Bishop

Scratched: Kaspars Daugavins

Injured: Milan Michalek (knee), Marc Methot (lower body), Jason Spezza (back), Craig Anderson (ankle), Dave Dziurzynski (concussion), Erik Karlsson (Achilles), Jared Cowen (hip)

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The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.

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