The Bruins, now down two top-six forwards for the rest of the season (Marco Sturm was lost in Game 1), will now have to adjust their lineup once more as they prepare for tomorrow's Game 4 at the Wachovia Center. In Krejci, the Bruins lose arguably their most offensive-minded center of the playoffs, their No. 1 PP quarterback, and a regular penalty-killer.
The guess here is that Vladimir Sobotka will replace Krejci between Milan Lucic and Miroslav Satan. Blake Wheeler skated for Krejci on the first PP unit last night, and Sobotka saw some PK time alongside Marc Savard.
The question is whether Trent Whitfield or Brad Marchand will slot into the fourth line. Whitfield is a natural center with playoff experience (14 games for Washington). If the Bruins want another center and prefer to keep Steve Begin on the left wing, Whitfield would get the nod.
Marchand can play both wings. Marchand brings more energy and more of an offensive-minded approach than Whitfield.