David Krejci is fine, so the Bruins at least have that going for them heading into Game 7 of the Eastern Conference first round on Tuesday.
Krejci was the only mostly healthy player not on the ice for practice Monday at Warrior Ice Arena. But after practice coach Bruce Cassidy confirmed that Krejci was taking a “maintenance day” and is expected to play in Game 7.
Krejci has two goals and two assists in this series.
As for the rest of the lineup, Cassidy didn’t commit 100 percent to using the Game 6 lineup in the do-or-die final game, but also didn’t sound ready to make changes to the formula that worked in a 4-2 win Sunday. Cassidy was asked if he's inclined to stick with the same lineup.
“Inclined? Yep. I’ll let you know tomorrow for sure,” Cassidy said. “Again … we appear to be healthy, David will play tomorrow … Tuukka’s going in, so we’ll see what it looks like in the morning. But that’s my intention right now.”
The Game 6 lineup was as follows, and it was the same during practice Monday, with the exception of Game 6 scratch Chris Wagner filling in for Krejci on the second line:
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Danton Heinen
Marcus Johansson-Charlie Coyle-Karson Kuhlman
Joakim Nordstrom-Sean Kuraly-Noel Acciari
Zdeno Chara-Charlie McAvoy
Torey Krug-Brandon Carlo
John Moore-Matt Grzelcyk
While we wait to see how important lineup consistency is for the Bruins, we know they valued routine consistency Monday. The Bruins held a full 20-minute practice similar to the one they staged Saturday, the day before Game 6.
You’ll remember the Bruins didn’t practice the day before Game 5 and then didn’t even hold a morning skate Friday. They then turned in a Game 5 stinker and lost 2-1.
It was important to the Bruins to get on the ice Monday.
“To stay sharp I think, stay focused and you know, I think when you get on the ice it just avoids thinking too much, overthinking stuff,” Bruins center Patrice Bergeron said. “I think you get out there, you breathe and you execute and then I guess your instincts take over, and that’s what we need tomorrow.”
The Bruins will hold an optional morning skate Tuesday.
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