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David Krejci Labeled "Day-to-Day," Kevan Miller Starts Skating

by Caryn Switaj / Boston Bruins

BOSTON - David Krejci was absent from practice when the Bruins hit the ice on Monday morning at TD Garden.

The center was a late scratch for Saturday night's game against Ottawa after taking part in the morning skate.

"Day-to-day, according to our trainers - that's what I'm getting from them," Head Coach Claude Julien told reporters following Monday's practice, on Krejci's status.

Saturday marked the fourth game Krejci has missed out of the Bruins' 13 games played heading into Tuesday night against the Florida Panthers. He was sidelined for the first three games of the season with an undisclosed injury.

There are no further details on Krejci's situation expected. "I said after last game, I'm not going to comment on his injury," Julien said, when he was pressed for more information.

Krejci joins an injury list for the Bruins that includes Zdeno Chara (left knee PCL tear), Torey Krug (broken finger) and Kevan Miller (dislocated right shoulder).

In some positive news, Miller skated for the first time on Monday afternoon following the team's practice. He injured his shoulder back on October 18 in Buffalo during a fight.

Chara is now 11 days into his recovery time frame of four to six weeks, and it's been six days since Krug was deemed out with his broken finger.

While those Bruins heal, their teammates will have to continue producing efforts like they did in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Senators.

"Well, I didn't mind our game last game, so to me, it's like - what would be different if it was [Krejci], or Zdeno Chara, or Torey Krug, or whoever's injured? It's another injury on our list," said Julien.

"We have to be strong enough to say, 'We have a game to play, there's a certain way to play it and if we play that way, we have a chance.' So, I know they're important players and I'm certainly not going to downplay that, but you know, when you don't have them, you've got to rely on others and you've got to really believe and feel that your team is still good, and that's how I look at it."

The absence of Chara, Krug and Miller has meant that young blueliners like Zach Trotman, Joe Morrow and David Warsofsky have all had to step in and help solidify the back end.

For however long Krejci is out, the Bruins will have to fill that void as well.

Chris Kelly slotted in at center alongside Milan Lucic and Seth Griffith in Saturday's game, and was there again during Monday's practice with Krejci absent.

"No pressure," Kelly laughed following the skate. The alternate captain once jested that it's impossible to fill Chara's shoes, and it's safe to say that he feels the same way about Krejci.

"I think throughout the course of the year, there's going to be injuries, and different people have got to fill different roles," Kelly said. "I've played with Looch before and that was my first time playing with Seth and I thought we had a good game last game, we had some good scoring chances."

"Unfortunately, we were on for a goal against, but all in all, in the big picture of the night, we played well, we supported one another, we weren't in our end too much, and hopefully that continues."

With Kelly moving up the lineup for Saturday's game and Monday's practice, Matt Fraser has slid into the left winger spot with Carl Soderberg and Loui Eriksson for the time being.

That worked out fairly well for the Bruins on Saturday, with Fraser potting a go-ahead goal and the game-winner in the 4-2 win over the Senators.

Julien said following the win that the veterans "came to play" and the young players "just jumped on their backs and followed suit." They'll need more of the same to continuing battling through injuries to key players.

Practice Lineup 11/3

White Jerseys: Milan Lucic - Chris Kelly - Seth Griffith
Gold: Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Reilly Smith
Gray: Matt Fraser - Carl Soderberg - Loui Eriksson
Burgundy: Daniel Paille - Gregory Campbell - Simon Gagne

Dennis Seidenberg - Dougie Hamilton
Joe Morrow
- Adam McQuaid
David Warsofsky
- Zach Trotman
Matt Bartkowski

Goalies: Tuukka Rask, Niklas Svedberg

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