BOSTON - David Krejci is not expected to suit up for the Bruins on Tuesday night, as they host the Florida Panthers at TD Garden.
"Yeah, he’s not going to play tonight," Head Coach Claude Julien confirmed following the team's pregame skate. "He’s going to be out tonight, but we don’t think it’s a real major issue. He should be back soon."
Krejci has been deemed "day-to-day." He missed Tuesday's morning skate, in addition to Monday's practice and Saturday's game against Ottawa. His situation is undisclosed.
With Krejci out, Matt Fraser is expected to slot into the lineup again, with Chris Kelly filling in at center alongside Milan Lucic and Seth Griffith.
It's no easy task to play Krejci's role, but the versatile Kelly helped the team not skip a beat in a 4-2 win over the Senators on Saturday, and Julien took notice.
"For a guy like him to just be told 10 minutes before the game, 'you’re playing in Krejci’s spot,' and going out there and playing the way he did -- he played hard, he was responsible, made some good plays, passes and that line was good -- I think, speaks volumes," Julien said.
"He was there last game, he’s been on the wing, he’s been a centerman before, he’s been bumped everywhere and still he responds with solid performances. Those guys are not easy to find."
Fraser fit in nicely with Carl Soderberg and Loui Eriksson last game, and will be expected to bring more of that tenacity - and shot - that helped him pot two goals.
"I liked the way he played and that’s the ability that he has to bring," said Julien. "He wasn’t bringing it at the beginning of the year and that’s how he ended up in the stands. If he can bring that on a more consistent basis, his chances of succeeding and playing more are definitely there."
Torey Krug, Kevan Miller Skate
Defensemen Torey Krug and Kevan Miller skated together on Tuesday morning before the group hit the ice for pregame skate. It marked Krug's first time skating and Miller's second day in a row.
Krug is recovering from a broken finger suffered against Minnesota a week ago on October 28, while Miller is coming back from a dislocated right shoulder he sustained on October 18 in Buffalo.
While neither of the injuries necessarily impacted their skating, it's a good sign to see both back on the ice and starting to ramp up their conditioning.
Zdeno Chara Recovering from Knee Injury
Following the team's pregame skate on Tuesday, Zdeno Chara spoke with reporters for the first time since sustaining his left knee injury (a tear in his posterior cruciate ligament) on October 23 at TD Garden against the Islanders.
"I feel alright," Chara said, and did not admit to having any pain or soreness. His knee was wearing a brace. He has to keep it immobile for a period of time, but has been able to do upper body workouts.
The conservative timetable given on October 24 for his injury was four to six weeks.
"There is not a timeline right now. I wish I could tell you guys exactly when I'm going to return," said Chara. "But as this point, it's really such a slow process, that who knows when the day is going to be."
As of now, Chara's injury will not require surgery, but anything can happen.
"Well, we'll see. It's always nice to be able to avoid surgery, so we'll see how it goes and obviously it was good news," he said.
For more from Chara, check out the Bruins Blog post on BostonBruins.com or the Bruins Mobile App.
Projected Lineup vs. Florida 11/4
(based on pregame skate rushes/pairings)
Milan Lucic - Chris Kelly - Seth Griffith
Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Reilly Smith
Matt Fraser - Carl Soderberg - Loui Eriksson
Daniel Paille - Gregory Campbell - Simon Gagne
Dennis Seidenberg - Dougie Hamilton
Joe Morrow - Adam McQuaid
David Warsofsky - Zach Trotman
Starting Goalie: Tuukka Rask // Backup: Niklas Svedberg
Scratch: Matt Bartkowski
Injured: David Krejci (undisclosed, day-to-day), Zdeno Chara (left PCL tear), Kevan Miller (dislocated shoulder), Torey Krug (broken finger)