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David Krejci, Zdeno Chara Staying Back as Bruins Head West

by Caryn Switaj / Boston Bruins

WILMINGTON, Mass. - When the Bruins travel out West on Sunday morning, David Krejci and Zdeno Chara will not be making the road trip to face Anaheim, LA, San Jose and Arizona.

Krejci missed 10 of the past 12 games, including four straight, with his undisclosed injury. Head Coach Claude Julien said last week that Krejci had taken a step back with his injury. He'll now miss the next four games, along with Zdeno Chara, who is staying back around Boston to continue skating and working on his rehab.

"[David's] staying behind, going to do the same thing as Zdeno," Julien said following Saturday's practice at Ristuccia Arena.

While Chara won't be back within the next week, he keeps making progress with his knee injury that has kept him out of the lineup for 14 games. He skates every day prior to practice with Strength and Conditioning Coach John Whitesides.

"You know, we're gone for eight days now, so I can't predict what's going to happen after eight days. You'd like to hope [he's close to returning], but I don't know," said Julien.

"[The trainers are] going at the stage here where they didn't think it was an advantage to bring him with us on the trip and he'd be better served staying behind and rehabbing and skating here on his own with Krech."

Krejci was the only forward missing from practice. Chris Kelly made his return to the lineup in Friday night's 2-1 overtime win over the Winnipeg Jets, after missing the previous two games with an undisclosed injury.

While Chara and Adam McQuaid (broken thumb) remain out on the back end, David Warsofsky joined practice on Saturday for the first time since injuring his groin on November 6 against Edmonton. He had been skating with Chara and Whitesides before practices.

"We haven't made that decision yet on him [if he's traveling]," Julien said. "He hasn't been cleared for contact yet so some things we'll have to discuss before we leave [on Sunday]."

Kevan Miller didn't practice after getting "dinged up" in the Bruins' win over Winnipeg, according to Julien, but the defenseman (and LA native) is making the trip.

Tough Test Out West

The West Coast road trip always presents a tough test, and it's coming at an even tougher time for the Bruins, who are still struggling to find consistency in their game and in their offensive production.

"It's not an easy trip, especially now that these teams are pretty competitive, every one of them," said Julien.

"LA winning two Cups in the last three years, Anaheim always being one of the top teams in the Western Conference, and I know San Jose has had their fair share of challenges this year, too, but every time we've gone there it's been real close games, so that's going to be a challenge."

"And Arizona - even though we win there, that always seems like a tough rink to play in, so it is challenge for us."

For a preview of the road trip with insight from 98.5 The Sports Hub's Bob Beers, click here.

Practice Lineup 11/29

Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - David Pastrnak
Reilly Smith
- Chris Kelly - Seth Griffith/Matt Fraser
Milan Lucic
- Carl Soderberg - Loui Eriksson
Simon Gagne
- Gregory Campbell - Daniel Paille

Defensemen: Dennis Seidenberg, Torey Krug, Joe Morrow, Dougie Hamilton, Matt Bartkowski, David Warsofsky, Zach Trotman

Goalies: Tuukka Rask, Niklas Svedberg

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