Regardless of as soon as once more enjoying with a revolving door of wingers and beginning the 2019-20 marketing campaign slowly, David Krejci isn’t having a nasty season.
Recording only one help in his first 5 video games on the yr, Krejci and the Bruins second line have been drawing the ire of the Bruins devoted all season lengthy.
Exterior of that begin and one stretch of play between Dec. 5 and Dec. 12 that noticed Krejci held pointless in 5 video games, nevertheless, the 33-year-old middle has really been very constant on the scoresheet and has solely gone pointless in consecutive video games one different time.
David Krejci, Boston Bruins (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)
Whereas his sluggish begin could also be lingering on the minds of his critics, Krejci has moved previous his early woes and has quietly produced 12 targets and 34 factors in 42 video games, together with 4 targets and 6 factors in his final six video games.
Krejci is producing roughly zero.81 points-per-game and zero.28 goals-per-game. That may put him on a tempo for 23 targets and 66 factors over a full 82-game season. For reference, 23 targets would have tied Krejci’s career-high whereas 66 factors would have ranked fourth in his 13-seasons.
Regardless of enjoying and not using a constant right-winger, Krejci is as soon as once more enjoying superb hockey and is exhibiting the Bruins that they are often a lot greater than a one-line scoring group in the event that they unfold the wealth all through their lineup.
Krejci and Pastrnak Have Good Chemistry
In his temporary time alongside David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand, Krejci proved past a shadow of a doubt that he can nonetheless produce at a top-tier degree offensively if given the linemates to get the job carried out. He seemingly hasn’t missed a beat since being reunited with Jake DeBrusk both because the 23-year-old winger has additionally turned issues round.
It’s been stated one million instances earlier than and it’ll be stated one million instances extra so long as the Bruins have a gap of their top-six, however breaking apart the road of Bergeron, Marchand and Pastrnak is probably not the worst thought on the planet if the Bruins need Krejci to be greatest utilized each single night time.
In principle, it could appear silly to separate what has as soon as once more been the Bruins’ greatest line, particularly with Pastrnak scoring targets at a near-historic tempo for the group.
Boston Bruins left wing Jake DeBrusk celebrates his purpose with proper wing David Pastrnak and centre David Krejci (THE CANADIAN PRESS/)
With that in thoughts, although, Pastrnak has already confirmed that he can rating targets with out Bergeron as his pivot. He’s additionally confirmed that he and Krejci work nicely collectively which could possibly be precisely the enhance that the duo of Krejci and DeBrusk have been lacking all season lengthy.
Because it stands, the 23-year-old winger has already scored 37 targets and 70 factors by way of 51 video games this season.
Projecting Strains With Pastrnak Alongside Krejci
For the sake of argument, the Bruins may run the next traces with out
making a call-up or a commerce:
Marchand – Bergeron – Bjork
DeBrusk – Krejci – Pastrnak
Heinen – Coyle – Kuhlman
Nordstrom – Kuraly – Wagner
Ideally, the Bruins would use Bjork on the third-line alongside Coyle and Heinen given the success that trio has had collectively. Sadly, the Bruins merely don’t have one other choice to fill the void subsequent to Bergeron and Marchand in that state of affairs exterior of Jack Studnicka – an attention-grabbing idea however in all probability not one the group ought to take a look at this season.
Coyle has been performed on the wing at numerous factors of the 2019-20 marketing campaign however he’s greatest suited to play middle on this group and that’s the place the group ought to have him enjoying within the postseason.
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In an ideal world, a participant like Zach Senyshyn or Peter Cehlarik may fill in for the highest line or complement the third line, however the former was sadly injured after having a robust stint with the massive membership in Boston and the latter has failed to point out head coach Bruce Cassidy sufficient to earn a spot within the lineup by way of three video games this season.
It does really feel like Cehlarik could be a greater possibility than what the group has typically deployed all through this season, however it could be arduous to persuade Cassidy of that for one motive or one other proper now regardless of sturdy play within the AHL.
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Whatever the Cehlarik scenario, although, the Bruins do certainly have
expertise past their first-line which may be exasperated in the event that they unfold the
wealth as soon as once more with Pastrnak skating alongside Krejci.
That is one thing that Cassidy has tried previously and has seemingly needed to make use of extra with accidents, sadly, throwing a wrench into these plans.
Following the 2020-All Star Break, it could swimsuit the Bruins to re-unite Patrnak with Krejci whereas additionally persevering with their energetic seek for a top-six winger to skate alongside Bergeron and Marchand.
Bjork actually has the potential to be a top-six winger in the future however the Bruins have an getting old core and the time is now to strike large for a Stanley Cup, particularly after coming so shut only one yr in the past.