The Krejci Factor

Even Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien has noticed that the best serum for a slumping winger has been to play alongside center David Krejci.

Marco Sturm hadn’t scored a goal for seven games before Nov. 1, when he was moved to Krejci’s left side. That night. Sturm lit the lamp twice, and he scored three more over the next six games before leaving the line-up with post-concussion syndrome.

Now Michael Ryder seems to have been cured by a dose of Krejci. In Friday’s win over the New York Islanders, Ryder ended a four-game goal drought with two scores.

“Well, we’ve got to give him a lot of credit,” Julien said this morning after his team’s pregame skate in preparation for a showdown with Detroit. “First of all, his creativity, his vision on the ice and everything else just seems to be so good, he makes people around him better. He makes some unbelievable plays. The more you see him, the more he builds confidence in himself and has shown that game in and game out. We like the way he’s really progressed since being called back up last year.”

Look for Ryder to again flank Krejci today against the Wings. And lookfor more on The Krejci Factor in the days ahead.

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