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David Krejci might move to wing as Bruins look for answers

Feb 21, 2012, 12:29 AM EDT

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The Boston Bruins’ two-point divisional lead over the Ottawa Senators is a bit deceptive because they have four games in hand, but it does hint at two squads going in different directions.

While Ottawa is surging behind a dynamic offense and a do-enough-to-win D, the Bruins are starting to stumble in some part because of injuries to forwards. With Nathan Horton (concussion) and Rich Peverley (knee injury) sidelined for what looks to lengthy amounts of time, it’s looking like picnic time is over for Claude Julien.’s Joe Haggerty reveals that Julien is beginning to try new things – including moving talented but struggling center David Krejci to right wing. It seems that experiment might just stick for a while, too.

“I thought [Kelly] has done pretty well with some guys that can score this year,” Julian said. “I told Krejci to move to the right side and I thought they responded well. They did some good things. There’s a good chance we may go back with that.”

As Haggerty points out, the reformatted line combos created 22 shots in the third period on Sunday but still couldn’t beat Minnesota’s Niklas Backstrom.

Sometimes you just run into a keyed-in netminder, which Backstrom certainly was in compiling an impressive 48-save shutout. The odds are strong that the Bruins will find themselves on the right side of most battles if they can produce those kinds of efforts more often than not – wherever Krejci might be on the ice.

  1. govtminion - Feb 21, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    There’s no shame in losing that game to the Wild. Like the article said, Backstrom was just a monster during that game- I’m not sure any team could have put a goal past him when he’s playing like that. It wasn’t just the number of shots- some of them were very good chances, like the chance Lucic had from the side of the net.

    Glad the B’s are looking at ways to improve, but there’s not many lessons to take away from a game like that other than ‘our guy needs to match him save for save’, and to hope for luck next time.

    • drewsylvania - Feb 21, 2012 at 2:31 PM

      Yeah, that game wasn’t a problem–but Krejci has been one for at least a month. He’s playing like he doesn’t give a damn. Makes me wonder if the contract has made him lazy. It’s too bad they’re out Horty and Peverley, because Julien would probably scratch Krejci to send a message. I hope he does this anyway.

    • elvispocomo - Feb 21, 2012 at 3:24 PM

      It’s one thing if it’s one game, or maybe a couple at the end of a road trip, that the effort isn’t there or maybe even just the result isn’t. It’s been a little more than that, and in some ways it’s a leveling out compared to how good the Bruins were in November/December, but they should come back as they clearly aren’t that bad.

      They do seem overly affected and perhaps distracted in their recent play, so once they can address that and get back to their style of play (hopefully without any suspension-worthy stuff to add to the distractions) they’ll be back to being competitive. Their schedule is tougher in the second half, so don’t expect them to charge back to the top of the league, but they should be winning games.

  2. solador78 - Feb 21, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    The Bruins’ struggles obviously have something to do with all the beer and fried chicken in the club house.

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