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Krejci Misses Practice With Illness

Center also sat out Thursday's scrimmage; expected back on ice Sunday morning

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins /

BOSTON - David Krejci, who missed Thursday night's scrimmage with an illness, was still under the weather on Saturday and did not take part in practice at TD Garden. Cassidy said that he anticipates the center will be back on the ice for Sunday's session.

"Precautionary," said Cassidy. "I suspect we'll see him tomorrow. That is the plan. If he's not out tomorrow, now there's a little bit of worry there. But right now, I believe he'll be practicing tomorrow."

Cassidy acknowledged that it's not ideal to have any player missing practice time with the Stanley Cup Final on the horizon, but given Krejci's veteran experience he does not believe a day or two away from the rink will disrupt his preparations.

"Obviously we'd like to have him out there," said Cassidy. "We're going through some things, special teams with his group, certain tendencies with St. Louis that we're trying to defend against or try to exploit on the offensive side of things. He'll miss that.

"But at the end of the day, he's been around for a long time, very cerebral player, so that part of it I'm not concerned about. He can pick things up in a hurry. It's more about when you miss two, three days, do you have your legs? Do you have your stamina?

"Just missing this bit of time you lose a bit of that getting back to the grind. He'll have to catch up quickly."

Karson Kuhlman took Krejci's place between Jake DeBrusk and David Backes for Saturday's practice.

Video: Cassidy addresses media on Saturday Morning

Real Feel

With practices transitioning to TD Garden from Warrior Ice Arena for the remainder of the Stanley Cup Final, the B's admitted to things finally feeling a bit more real after the long layoff.

"It's nice to be back here," said DeBrusk. "Usually it's for game days or different things. We don't get to practice here too much, so definitely feels a little bit more like we're in the swing of things now."

Finding Balance

At the same time, the Bruins have made sure to take advantage of the time off by getting away from the rink. For Cassidy, that included taking in his kids' baseball games on Saturday afternoon.

"I think you have to. You don't want to drive yourself crazy," said Cassidy. "Get your work done…I'm on my way to a baseball game in about an hour as soon as I get outta here. I'm enjoying the downtime - the weather's been nice - as much as you can. You're a coach so it never really shuts down, but for the most part it's been an enjoyable ride."

Video: DeBrusk anticipating Game 1

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