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Krejci Unavailable for Game 2

David Krejci and Colin Miller not expected to play on Saturday

by Caryn Switaj @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

KANATA, Ont. - The Bruins have some question marks with their lineup heading into Game 2 against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday afternoon. 

 

Game time is set for 3:00 p.m. ET at the Canadian Tire Centre (NBC, 98.5 The Sports Hub). 

 

David Krejci is unavailable for Saturday's action, and is day-to-day with an upper body injury. Krejci did not practice on Friday with the Bruins when they hit the ice for practice at the Bell Sensplex. He was a late scratch prior to Game 1 on Wednesday night.

"He's day to day. He wasn't [feeling] very good today, so we were hoping he would skate, didn't happen, so not playing for four days is going to be difficult, so he's still day to day," Interim Head Coach Bruce Cassidy said on Friday. "We hope he'll come around, but not looking good for tomorrow."

 

With Krejci off the ice on Friday, Ryan Spooner got the call, centering Drew Stafford and David Backes. Dominic Moore centered Frank Vatrano and Riley Nash, while Sean Kuraly centered Matt Beleskey and Tim Schaller. David Pastrnak stayed with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand, like in Game 1. 

 

 

Colin Miller Questionable 

 

Defenseman Colin Miller skated in Friday's practice, but ended up leaving the ice early. Miller left Game 1 during the second period with a lower-body injury after a collision, and did not return. 

 

"He went out, wasn't feeling great, so he left the ice, which leads me to believe that - again, he's day to day as well, but we're preparing to put Joe in right now," said Cassidy. "Of course, that could change in the morning."

 

Joe Morrow could slot into the lineup on Saturday in Miller's place. 

 

"It's looking that way right now," said Cassidy. "Joe's been with us all year, so we're comfortable if we have to make that move."

 

Morrow last suited up in game action from Feb. 24-26 when he was on a conditioning stint in Providence. His last NHL game came on Jan. 22 in Pittsburgh. 

 

"Well, it's always a concern coming into the lineup at this time of the year as a young guy, whether you've played or not, so cleared he's going to have to get himself into the game in a hurry," said Cassidy. "We would expect there would be some rust, for the lack of a better term, but guys have done it, and he'll have to do it."

 

"It will just be more of the mental part of getting up to speed in a hurry."

 

Practice Lines and Defense Pairings April 14

 

Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - David Pastrnak

Drew Stafford - Ryan Spooner - David Backes

Frank Vatrano - Dominic Moore - Riley Nash 

Matt Beleskey - Sean Kuraly - Tim Schaller 

 

Extra forwards: Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson, Jimmy Hayes, Noel Acciari (wore no-contact jersey)

 

Zdeno Chara - Charlie Mcavoy

John Michael-Liles - Adam McQuaid

Joe Morrow - Kevan Miller

Colin Miller

 

Goalies: Tuukka Rask, Anton Khudobin 

 

Video: Spooner, Morrow step up in place of Krejci, Miller

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