Krejci will play for the Czech Republic in the upcoming World Championship. Krejci, who logged 17 goals and 44 points in 64 regular-season contests, picked up the pace a bit in the playoffs, recording three goals and 10 points in 12 games. The 32-year-old is under contract with the Bruins through the 2020-21 season, so he's entrenched as a top-six forward and power-play contributor for the team for the foreseeable future. Nagging injuries can be a concern for Krejci at times, but when healthy his calling cards remain excellent vision and crafty play-making skills -- traits that serve him well in his role as the team's second-line center.
Krejci scored a power-play goal in Sunday's 3-1 loss to the Lightning in Game 5. The first-period tally was Krejci's first goal since Game 2 of the Bruins' opening-round series against the Leafs. The 32-year-old wraps up his postseason with three goals and 10 points in 12 games, a better scoring pace than the 17 goals and 44 points he managed during 64 regular-season contests, but coming up big in the playoffs is nothing new for Krejci.
Krejci (undisclosed) was given a maintenance day Sunday, but is slated to play Monday night against the Lightning. Per Fluto Shinzawa of the Athletic, the Bruins' Monday night lineup will be unchanged from the one that skated to a 6-2 road win over Tampa Bay on Saturday. Krejci, who is nursing an unspecified minor injury issue, is thus slated to continue to center Boston's second line, a role that has led to the crafty playmaker logging two goals and nine points in eight playoff games to date.
Krejci missed Sunday's practice as he's dealing with a minor injury but is still expected to suit up for Game 2, Joe Haggerty of NBC Sports Boston reports. After being crunched by a couple hits during Game 1 on Saturday against Tampa Bay, Krejci reportedly needed to sit out in order to heal his wounds. Head coach Bruce Cassidy confirmed following the skate that Krejci had sustained a "very minor injury", but all signs are pointing for him to be ready to go for Game 2 on Monday. The Czech native has had no trouble finding the scoresheet this postseason notching two goals and seven assists in eight games, and Ryan Donato figures to draw into the lineup if for some reason Krejci is unable to go.
Krejci had three assists in a 7-4 win over the Maple Leafs in Wednesday's Game 7. This was a fine outing for Krejci, who had eight points in this series. During the regular season, he managed 17 goals and 27 assists in 64 games, including 13 power-play points. Now the Czech center has to get ready for a matchup with the Lightning who will likely be tougher defensively than the Maple Leafs were.
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