WILMINGTON — Bruins forward Brad Marchand did not practice Monday, but center David Krejci joined his teammates for their session at Ristuccia Arena.
Marchand missed the last 13 minutes of the Bruins’ win against Carolina on Saturday. After the game coach Claude Julien said Marchand was “not injured per se” (whatever the heck this means). After practice Julien said Marchand is “probable” but that’s not a guarantee. According to Julien, Marchand’s absence at practice and the end of the game on Saturday had to do with something that happened during that game and wasn’t because of suffering previous.
In Marchand’s place forward Matt Fraser skated on left wing with center Patrice Bergeron and right winger Reilly Smith.
Krejci had been skating on his own in recent days, but Monday was the first day he practiced with the team since he left the lineup again. Krejci played against Edmonton on Nov. 6 but has missed the past four games. Krejci centered Milan Lucic and Seth Griffith for practice. Julien didn’t have an update on Krejci’s availability for Tuesday night against the St. Louis Blues.
The Bruins had eight defensemen on the ice, with injured Kevan Miller again joining the group. Miller, who’s been out since Oct. 18 with a dislocated shoulder,
was recently for light contact has been fully cleared by the medical staff and Julien said the decision about Miller playing in a game is now in the coaching staff’s hands.