After being absent for 10 games, Bruins forward David Krejci will wear the Boston sweater after suffering an upper-body injury back on December 27th in a game against the Ottawa Senators. Landon Ferraro may also return to action in Thursday’s contest.
Ferraro’s injury is believed to happened during Monday’s practice. Julien wanted to be on the safe side, and scratched Landon for Tuesday’s game against the Canadiens. David Pastrnak made his return on Tuesday and played in Landon’s spot on the fourth line. Pasta played the least amount of minutes, yet he managed to score the third goal of the game, and he earned an assist on the Patrice Bergeron goal.
With that performance, and Ferraro with a possible return, Pastrnak will most likely be moved back up a line or two. Ferraro will probably play the fourth and Krejci will probably play the second.
A release from BostonBruins.com stated the following transaction that will alter the lines:
“Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, January 21, that the club has activated forward David Krejci from injured reserve and has assigned forward Frank Vatrano to the Providence Bruins (American Hockey League).”
So, Vatrano is out, Krejci will be in, now, a look at the opponents.
The Canucks currently sit 9th in the Western conference, right behind the Arizona Coyotes. Vancouver is out of a playoff position as of right now, only 2 points behind the Minnesota Wild. They are 5-3-2 in their last 10 games, with victories over Islanders, Panthers, Hurricanes, and Ducks. The Canucks ended the Florida Panthers’ win streak as well as Montreal’s early season win streak.
Thursday’s game will be the second and final time this year. Last time, Boston left Vancouver with a 4-0 win back on December 5th.
Right now, Daniel Sedin leads the Canucks for points, (19-22-41 totals in 47 games) followed by his twin, Henrik, (9-28-37 in 44 games).
Patrice Bergeron leads the B’s for points, (18-23-41 in 45 games), followed by Swedish-born Loui Eriksson, (15-23-38 in 45 games).
So, Cam Neely said that Krejci will appear against the Canucks, but will he be able to assist the Bruins into another win over Vancouver? Or will Vancouver win the final season series game against the black and gold?