David Krejci went an entire year without an injury last season. But the oft-injured veteran already didn’t have the same fortunate result heading into the 2019-20 season.
Krejci exited Monday’s tilt with the Flyers at TD Garden after sustaining a lower-body injury following an awkward collision in front of Philly netminder Brian Elliott. He finished his preseason debut with a mere two shifts and 1:55 time on ice.
Bruce Cassidy provided Bruins fans with a sigh of relief during his postgame press conference. The fourth-year Boston bench boss didn’t think Krejci — who will be re-evaluated on Tuesday — sustained any serious damage.
Krejci’s departure forced Cassidy’s hand during the Bruins’ 4-3 overtime win on Monday. Charlie Coyle, Trent Frederic and Sean Kuraly all filled Krejci’s void as the Bruins went down to three centermen.
The Bruins overcame a 3-2 third period deficit as Chris Wagner netted a beautiful tying goal late in regulation and Jake DeBrusk banked home the overtime winner.
Krejci played in all but one of the Bruins’ 82 games during the 2018-19 season. He comes into the 2019-20 fresh off a 73-point campaign — matching a career-high set in 2008-09.
The Devils and Blackhawks come to the newly renovated Causeway Street Barn on Wednesday and Saturday, respectively. Even if he’s healthy, the Bruins may want to save Krejci until the start of the regular season in Dallas a week from Thursday.
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