BOSTON - David Krejci will be a game-time decision on Monday night, when the Bruins host the Ottawa Senators in Game 3 at TD Garden.
Krejci has missed the first two games of the series with an upper-body injury. He took part in Monday's pregame skate with the team, centering Drew Stafford and David Backes.
"Krejci will be a game-time decision," said Interim Head Coach Bruce Cassidy. "He'll go out for warmups. He obviously skated this morning. Feeling better."
"It's frustrating, but I'm happy that I'm getting better and we'll see tonight," Krejci said after the skate.
"You always want to come back when you feel you can help the team, and if I feel like I can help the team and I feel good enough, then I'll play," said Krejci. "It's hard. You have to know when you're good to go, that you're not going to make the injury any worse for the next games."
"I felt better yesterday, today I feel even better than yesterday, so hopefully we'll keep progressing and we'll see tonight."
While it has been difficult for Krejci to not be in the lineup, he is proud of the team's effort through the first two games.
"I felt like the guys played well enough to get both games, but in the playoffs, you have to move on, get ready for the next one," said Krejci. "And I feel like we're in a good position, 1-1, and playing two games at home, so just take care of business tonight, and go from there."
Acciari Cleared to Play
Noel Acciari is cleared to play and could make his return to the lineup on Monday night, after missing Games 1 and 2 with an upper-body injury.
Acciari re-joined linemates Dominic Moore and Riley Nash during pregame skate.
"Ready whenever I'm needed, so just ready for tonight," said Acciari.
"It's a tough time of year to get an injury, but you know, you've just got to battle through it now," said Acciari. "And we've got a tough team in here, a lot of injuries, but I know a lot of guys are battling, so I'll be one of those guys battling through."
Piecing Together the Defense
The Bruins have been hit with injuries to start the series, particularly on the back end, going four straight games losing a defenseman to injury.
Torey Krug (lower body) and Brandon Carlo (upper body) sustained injuries in the final two games of the regular season, while Colin Miller (lower body) was injured in Game 1 and Adam McQuaid sustained an upper-body injury in Game 2.
Of all of those blueliners, Miller will be a game-time decision on Monday night.
If he is not ready to return, Tommy Cross or Matt Grzelcyk could slot in. The defensemen joined the team from Providence on an emergency basis on Monday, and took part in the pregame skate.
"Blueline looks a bit like a puzzle that we're piecing together," said Cassidy. "I guess I won't go through everybody, but Colin Miller skated this morning, so he'll be a game-time decision. We have [Tommy] Cross and [Matt] Grzelcyk both up from Providence, so one of those two could draw in if Colin can't play."
"[Adam] McQuaid didn't skate this morning, so he's, again, day-to-day, and [Brandon] Carlo and [Torey] Krug, no change in their status."
If Cross or Grzelcyk suit up, the game would be a Stanley Cup Playoffs debut.
Cross has played three NHL games, and has been a part of the organization since making his pro debut with Providence in 2011.
"It helps, the familiarity with the guys, and the area, the building, but playoffs is a different game, so I've got to be ready," said Cross.
"I've played playoff hockey in the American League. Obviously never in the National League, but the same thing down there, it ramps up a level, and I think that suits my game well, just competing hard and playing simple."
Pregame Skate Lines and Defense Pairings April 17 - Game 3
Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - David Pastrnak
Drew Stafford - David Krejci - David Backes
Tim Schaller - Ryan Spooner - Frank Vatrano
Dominic Moore - Riley Nash - Noel Acciari
Zdeno Chara - Charlie McAvoy
Joe Morrow - Kevan Miller
John-Michael Liles - Tommy Cross
Matt Grzelcyk - Colin Miller
Starting Goaltender: Tuukka Rask // Backup: Anton Khudobin
Extra Skaters: Jimmy Hayes, Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson, Sean Kuraly
Injuries: Torey Krug (lower body), Brandon Carlo (upper body), Adam McQuaid (upper body)