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Krejci on the verge

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  September 30, 2009 12:34 PM

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David Krejci is all but certain to take his usual slot on the No. 2 line tomorrow when the puck drops on 2009-10.

"Right now, things are looking good," said Claude Julien. "I think he's feeling good. He's feeling better and feeling more confident. The official decision will come tomorrow, but right now, it's looking good."

No indications on the 20-man lineup, but it's expected that Vladimir Sobotka and Byron Bitz are in the running for the final spot up front. Matt Hunwick or Johnny Boychuk will most likely be the healthy scratch on defense.

* Instead of opening the season on the road like they usually do, the Bruins will kick off the year with a five-game homestand. "When you start at home, there's always the pressure of need to win, need to win," Julien said. "When you're on the road, your players are spending more time together. They're eating lunch and pregame meals at the hotels. It's actually not a bad thing for team bonding. You can come back from a road trip .500 or a game above .500 like we did the last couple years. Everybody sees that as a successful road trip. We all know that if we come out of this homestand .500, it will certainly not have been a success. This is the challenge of starting at home."

* The standings board, which is updated every morning, is up in the dressing room. The Bruins are in first place. Toronto is in 15th.

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