Krejci sits with an undisclosed injury
Stuart spending downtime wisely
SAN JOSE, Calif. - David Krejci didn’t play last night because of an undisclosed injury.
Trent Whitfield, a healthy scratch Wednesday, replaced Krejci in the lineup. Krejci was at HP Pavilion yesterday morning for treatment and was walking with discomfort.
The loss of Krejci left the Bruins without their top three centers.
Patrice Bergeron continues to wear a splint on his broken right thumb and Marc Savard is out because of a partially torn medial collateral ligament in his right knee.
Bergeron, Savard, and Krejci have combined for 28 goals and 50 assists.
But for the last 13 games, Stuart has had to watch from press boxes and on TV, knocked out of the lineup because of a broken sternum. When he returns, which could be tomorrow against the Kings at Staples Center, Stuart plans to apply what he’s learned while healing.
“At first, it was really hard having to watch games,’’ Stuart said. “But then you think, ‘Well, might as well make the best of it.’ You get a different perspective when you watch the games from up top.
“Obviously the game’s a lot easier from up there. There’s a lot more room when you’re sitting in the press box. But you can still learn a lot.
“I hadn’t really watched a lot. I hadn’t watched a live game in a while. I don’t really watch hockey at home. So it was nice to learn a bit and get a different perspective on things.’’
The Bruins could use the stay-at-home Stuart to stabilize the back end. Andrew Ference is out past the Olympic break because of a groin injury. Dennis Wideman was hobbled in the first period of Wednesday’s 4-3 loss to Anaheim when he blocked a Kyle Chipchura shot. Later in the same game, Johnny Boychuk took a puck off the ribs. Because of the banged-up blue line, the Bruins recalled Andy Wozniewski from Providence yesterday.
Before the injury, Stuart had proven himself to be a dependable depth defenseman. Like many of the Bruins, Stuart sputtered at the start of the season, struggling with his decision-making while handling the puck. But the Bruins need the defensive-minded Stuart (2-2 -4, 16:05 ice time per game), especially with Zdeno Chara logging hard minutes against the league’s elite. Chara matched up against Ryan Getzlaf Wednesday and was deployed against Joe Thornton last night.
Yesterday, Stuart was one of four Bruins to skate at HP Pavilion (Bergeron, Tim Thomas, and Whitfield were the others).
“It’s tough when guys are dropping,’’ Stuart said. “But it would do nobody any good if I come back too early and hurt myself again.’’