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David Krejci Questionable as Bruins Prep for Oilers

by Caryn Switaj / Boston Bruins

BOSTON - David Krejci took part in the Bruins' optional pregame skate on Thursday morning at TD Garden and is questionable for the night's game against the Edmonton Oilers.

Krejci has been out "day-to-day" with an undisclosed situation and has missed two straight games as a result. The centerman skated before the team's practice on Wednesday as well.

"We’ll see after he gets off there," Head Coach Claude Julien said while Krejci was still on the ice.

Depending on how Krejci feels, he could take warmups.

"If he does [take warmups], there’s a chance he’ll play obviously," Julien said.

If Krejci plays, Chris Kelly would likely slot back in alongside Carl Soderberg and Loui Eriksson. If not, Kelly would assume the role he's been playing as the center between Milan Lucic and Seth Griffith.

Defenseman Torey Krug also joined in for the well-attended morning skate. He suffered a broken finger nine days ago on October 28 against the Minnesota Wild. His recovery was estimated at two to three weeks.

"Yeah, he’s doing well," said Julien. "I’ll let you guys watch, he’s on the ice there this morning and he’s doing well."

"Obviously his finger is much better, so it depends how quickly that comes around. He’s the only one that’s probably going to be able to tell us right now."

"Medically they’ve given him permission to go out there and skate and hold onto his stick and everything else. I think, from what I’m being told right now, it will be up to him how quickly he gets that feeling that he can hold his stick properly and [when] it’s not going to be an issue."

Defenseman Kevan Miller also skated on Thursday, but he did so prior to the team's skate with just Strength and Conditioning Coach John Whitesides on the ice. There is still no timetable for his return from the dislocated right shoulder he suffered on October 18 in Buffalo, but he's clearly progressing.

With Captain Zdeno Chara still sidelined by his left knee injury and going through what he labeled as a fairly slow process in his recovery, the Bruins have kept battling through without him, Miller and Krug.

Joe Morrow, Zach Trotman and David Warsofsky have filled in thus far, and have further proven the Bruins' depth at that position.

"Well that’s the second year in a row that we’ve been challenged in that area," Julien said on Thursday morning. "We talked about it at the beginning of training camp - we had a bunch of defenseman here that we really felt could play in the league and could be, at least, depth players at worst."

"We had those injuries, those guys stepped in, and [have] done a pretty good job. I’d say we knew [we had that depth] and right now it’s just a matter of them proving us right up to date. I don’t like to get too ahead of myself, they've just got to continue doing it."

"Those tough situations sometimes have helped us grow as a team as well."

Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. ET against the Oilers at TD Garden. Broadcast coverage is available via NESN and 98.5 The Sports Hub.

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