It’s looking more and more like David Krejci will return to the Bruins lineup tonight against the Canucks at the Gah-den, having missed 10 games with a upper body injury that happened against Ottawa. The B’s could obviously use him, having gone a pedestrian 5-4-1 in his absence. Not to mention the fact that the power play has come back to earth a bit since he’s been out.
But here’s the thing … what’s the rush?
After tonight, the Bruins play Saturday against Columbus, Monday at Philly and Tuesday at home against Anaheim. Then a week off for the break. All of these games are winnable, Anaheim would be tough as it’s the 2nd night of a back-to-back and they’ve been better lately, but you figure they should get 4 points at least.
So the thought is to keep Krejci out until after the break, giving him another week to heal. And here’s why …. you don’t have a great shot to get to the playoffs without him, and even if you do you have NO SHOT in the playoffs without him healthy. We saw that last year, didn’t we?
Another factor is the play of Ryan Spooner, who has been fine replacing Krejci as the #2 centre.
All we have to do is also look at the Patriots in this scenario. They had a bunch of guys out and with a couple of exceptions those guys didn’t play in the last game of the season in order to get healthy for the playoffs. And it seems to have worked.
It’s obvious the player wants to come back, and we can’t blame him. And there is no doubt they’ll be better when he returns.
But the Bruins should be thinking a bit more long-term here, and sitting Krejci another 4 games would be the smart play.