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David Warsofsky Out "For a While," David Krejci Will Be Fine with Time

by Caryn Switaj / Boston Bruins

WILMINGTON, Mass. - Defenseman David Warsofsky, who was filling in on the Bruins' blueline in the wake of injuries, will now be out for a while with an undisclosed injury.

"I know he's out for a while, I don't know how long," Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien said on Friday following the team's practice at Ristuccia Arena.

Warsofsky's absence from practice prompted the update.

"I haven't seen him today, to be honest with you," said Julien. "So I don't know [the situation], to be honest with you. I can't tell you more about that. When guys are injured, they're out of my sight. I deal with players who are healthy, and sometimes they could be here, sometimes they could be getting checked by a doctor, I have no idea."

Julien stressed the fact that he's not a doctor, but knows that Warsofsky is dealing with more than just a day-to-day situation. He did not know the amount of time the defenseman is projected to miss.

Warsofsky saw power play time amidst the Bruins' three-goals-in-three-minutes barrage in the third period of Thursday night's 5-2 over Edmonton at TD Garden. That served as his final shift of the night, with 6:46 left.

"I mean, those injuries don't always come at the greatest of times and you've got to - again, same with everybody else - we've just got to live with it, and adjust," said Julien.

The Bruins are still without Zdeno Chara (knee), Kevan Miller (shoulder) and Torey Krug (finger) on the back end, but all three are progressing.

Krug joined practice for the first time on Friday since suffering a broken left pinky finger on October 28 against Minnesota off a slash. With his finger taped up, Krug is slowly working his way back, making sure he gets the proper feeling back gripping his stick. He held off from taking one-timers and blasting his shot.

With a day off on Saturday, practice Sunday and a pregame skate on Monday before the Bruins host New Jersey, there's always a chance Krug could be ready.

"We'll see," Julien said. "Again, I can't stand here and talk about whether he'll be in. Game's not till Monday and we'll see how he is."

"[Friday] was his first day at practice, and if he's given the OK by the medical staff, I'll be more than happy to put him in. But I haven't been given the OK yet. I keep saying that - I don't anticipate anything until somebody tells me something."

Miller skated for the fifth straight day on Friday, hitting the ice with Strength and Conditioning Coach John Whitesides before the team practiced.

There was a considerable uptick in the conditioning Whitesides was putting him through, and Miller finished his session with sprints. He remains out indefinitely, with no time table announced - coming back from a dislocated shoulder is a tough recovery to predict.

Given all of the injuries, the Bruins have won four straight, and are 5-1-0 since they had to step up in Chara's absence.

"The biggest thing is to survive it," said Julien. "And so far, we're doing just that."

Bergeron Given Maintenance Day; Krejci's Status Still Day-to-Day

Two forwards were missing from Friday's practice. For Patrice Bergeron, Julien confirmed it was just a maintenance day. "So nothing major there," he said.

David Krejci was also absent from practice. He was back in the lineup on Thursday night against Edmonton after missing the previous two games with an undisclosed injury.

Following the game, he said he cut his shifts shorter at the end of the game because whatever he's dealing with was getting a little sore.

"It’s hard, you guys don’t know what it is," Krejci had said to reporters postgame. "I would love to [tell you], but I mean, time will tell."

"That’s not the start to the season I would love to have, but it is what it is. This is my first time that I’m actually battling with injuries in my career so, I've got to get through it. It’s something new for me, but I’ve been working hard and felt pretty good [in the game] so I was good enough to play so hopefully I’ll have the next few days good days and feel even better on Monday."

On Friday, Julien didn't equate the situation as something the centerman will have to battle through for a while.

"To say he's going to have to [battle through this] or not, our medical staff is going to be dealing with that," Julien said. "I think it's just a matter of giving him some time here to let him deal with the medical staff and himself, and I anticipate him being fine here."

"I think we've got one of the best medical staffs in the League here in Boston, so we take advantage of that, and in my mind, he'll be fine. We've just got to give it a little bit of time here."

"His status is what it is right now. I don't even know what his status is tomorrow, to be honest with you, and I mean that, I don't know what his status is, so we're just anticipating that he'll be fine here eventually."

The Bruins have a rare Saturday off, before returning to practice on Sunday. Further updates will be available then.

Practice Lineup 11/7

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

Defensemen: Dennis Seidenberg, Dougie Hamilton, Joe Morrow, Adam McQuaid, Matt Bartkowski, Zach Trotman, Torey Krug

Goalies: Tuukka Rask, Niklas Svedberg

*About 20 minutes into practice, Krug switched from a black defenseman jersey into a gold jersey for conditioning purposes since it was his first practice back with the team. Patrice Bergeron was given a maintenance day, hence leaving the opening alongside Marchand and Smith.

Injured: David Warsofsky (undisclosed), Kevan Miller (shoulder), Zdeno Chara (knee), David Krejci (undisclosed, day-to-day)

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