During today’s Bruins practice in Wilmington, top center David Krejci left the ice with an apparent leg injury. Krejci’s status for the upcoming two-game-road-trip is still in question.
With or without Krejci in the lineup, the Bruins top line certainly needs some shakeup. It’s been clear as day that the top trio of Nathan Horton, Krejci, and Milan Lucic have performed a disappearing act in the black and gold’s first three games of the season.
The Bruins top line has combined for one goal (Krejci), one assist (Lucic) a combined minus-6 and a combined 13 shots on goal (just one from Horton)
With just five goals in the three games (four coming last Saturday against the Lightning) it’s a bit unfair to point the finger at the Bruins top line, but a season after the line was one of the best in the league something has to be done.
Bruins head coach Claude Julien wasn’t afraid to throw his top line under the bus.
”Well I think when your top line is supposed to be your top line it should try and be that every night. And so far I don’t think they’re in sync, I don’t think they’re working hard enough as a group” said Julien. “But it’s part of our job here to get those guys going and whether it’s through breaking them up or whether it’s through meetings, we’ve got to find a way to get those guys going. And right now I don’t think those three, either one of those three, has found his game yet that we know they can play. And they’re certainly a little under-par right now.”
Lucic knows that his line has not been up to par, and that’s something they need to fix.
“We have to support each other better; we just have to come up the ice together. And the reason why we were successful last year, like I said, we supported each other throughout the ice and we made plays” said Lucic.
The Bruins are lucky enough have depth at the forward position, but with the Bruins second line of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, and Rich Peverley (who today signed a three-year-extension with the Bruins) showing some serious promise; it may be hard to juggle the lines around.
The seriousness of the Krejci injury could be the deciding factor into determining who plays with who on Wednesday when the Bruins hit the road for the first time and take on the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Krejci line was intact at practice today prior to No. 46 leaving the ice meaning the Bruins bench boss was most likely going to roll with the same lines as the previous two games.
If Krejci is unable to go tomorrow night, Jordan Caron would most likely be inserted into the lineup leaving a void on the top lines center position, hello Tyler Seguin?
Seguin has been one of the best Bruins forwards so far. Seguin has been playing the wing as Chris Kelly has centered him the past three games, but the 19 year-Old’s natural position is as a center. Seguin easily could replace the speed, and playmaking ability that the top line loses with the Krejci injury.
Until we know the situation with Krejci it’s difficult to say what the Bruins should do, but regardless of which three are penciled into the Bruins number one line, they need to start producing, or else it’s going to be a long winter for the Bruins and their fans.