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Kampfer, Krejci Ready to Answer the Bell

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
BOSTON -- There is a very good chance that both Steve Kampfer and David Krejci will return to the B's lineup tonight versus the Toronto Maple Leafs.


Krejci
Krejci has been sidelined for three games with a core injury sustained during a practice on October 11 and was deemed a game time decision by B's Head Coach Claude Julien. Kampfer hasn't seen action since September 29 and was said by Julien to be "likely" to play.

However, neither man will know if they are in for sure until nearer to game time.

"The point is that I don’t know if I’m playing," he said. "That’s Claude’s [Julien] decision.

"I’m going to prepare like I am playing, so you come to the game ready to go, but it’s one of those things I’ll find out after warm-ups and you guys probably might know before I do.

"It’s one of those things — you have to prepare as if you’re going to play. I’m looking forward to hopefully getting in there," he said.

Across the locker room, Krejci was equally excited, but was just waiting for the final word.

"Well, I felt pretty good this morning, but I have to go talk to the coaches and trainers and make a decision over there," said Krejci. "If I’m in the line up or who I’m going to be playing with, I’m not really sure yet. But I just want to go out there and give 100% and try to help the team win the game."

On Wednesday, Krejci told BostonBruins.com that it was hard to watch Bruins hockey, win or lose. Kampfer said the same before Thursday's game.

"It’s definitely more stressful watching, especially when you can’t do anything to help change the outcome — I think that’s more frustrating than anything because you sit there and you realize that the team may be struggling, but you can’t do anything to help," said Kampfer. "I think that’s the frustrating part.

"You want to be out there and you want to be helping the team and I think now that I’m healthy I can try and help this team get a couple points and get us back on track."

Both men would like to have a crack at the new-look Maple Leafs, who currently hold the top spot in the Northeast Division.

"They’re in our division so it’s a big game," said Krejci. "They’re off to a good start and (Phil) Kessel is as well, so we’ve really got to play hard and it’s going to be a tough game tonight,

"But we’ll be ready. We’re going to play our game and I think we should be fine."

Kampfer added, "I think we’re starting to find our game again.

"We’re doing the little things right and when we start playing our game and shooting the puck a little bit more, I think our game will turn around."
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