The Instigators Crew debated how the Bruins would fare without Krejci centering the top line. Bruins fans are all too familiar with last season’s playoff collapse against the Flyers that coincided with Krejci’s departure from the line-up. How can Boston avoid such a slump this season without Krejci for the foreseeable future?
Obviously Bergeron will have to continue getting the puck to Horton and Lucic. Having two big and quick goal scoring wings on your top line is no use without someone to get them the puck in shooting areas. Marchand displayed some play making and scoring skill on the fourth line, and he has earned an opportunity to center the third line. Boston is going to need more than penalty killing and energy from Paille. Wheeler is going to have to start winning some face-offs. Seguin is going to have to continue his development as an NHL center, but expect bumps in the road. Still no timetable on Savard’s return does not help the situation.
Rushing Savard back last year in the playoffs only prolonged his absence this year. It would be prudent for Boston to wait until Krejci is 100% before activating him. Until then, Boston is going to have to stay afloat with (as usual) goaltending and defense. The Bruins have shown an ability to fight back from early deficits, but if the Bruins want to win the division they are going to have to start scoring the first goal. They look much more confident playing with the lead. So while the level of play will be lower, the Bruins are equipped to survive and perhaps thrive without Krejci.