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Torey Krug uncertain for Bruins to start playoffs

Defenseman was injured in game Thursday, return unknown

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Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug will not play the final game of the regular season on Saturday and his status for the Stanley Cup Playoffs is not known, coach Bruce Cassidy said Friday.

Krug was injured in the first period of a 2-1 shootout loss to the Ottawa Senators on Thursday. He was seen leaving TD Garden on crutches, according to NBCSN, and did not practice Friday.

"He'll be out [Saturday], that much we know, and then from there, day to day," Cassidy said.

The Bruins (44-30-7) end the regular season with a home game against the Washington Capitals (3 p.m. ET; NBC, NHL.TV). Boston's opponent in the Eastern Conference First Round has not been determined. The playoffs begin April 12.

Krug has 51 points (eight goals, 43 assists), his NHL career high by seven.

"Well, we're not going to be able to replace what he does," Cassidy said. "He's a special talent -- power play, first pass, breakout, neutral-zone transition, all of those things -- so the onus will be on us to make sure we make the necessary reads in our breakout."

Krug is second on the Bruins in ice time per game (21:36), behind defenseman Zdeno Chara (23:15), and leads Boston with 25 power-play points.

"Losing a guy like Torey's never easy," Chara said. "And he's obviously been a big part of our team's specialty teams, and obviously we don't know the status of the injury, but hopefully he's going to be back and on the ice soon."

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