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Pregame in Winnipeg: Krejci "Doing Better"

B's prep for the Jets tonight in Winnipeg, with David Krejci out of the lineup

Tuesday, 03.19.2013 / 2:13 PM ET / Features
By Caryn Switaj  - BostonBruins.com
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Pregame in Winnipeg: Krejci \"Doing Better\"

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WINNIPEG, MB - The Bruins hit the ice today at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg for pregame skate prior to the match-up against the Jets.

Though, they had to wait a few extra minutes before the Zamboni finished clearing, and some B's took to hanging out with legs dangling over the bench, while Nathan Horton took aim at a spot on the boards across the blueline, Tyler Seguin stickhandled and Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara had an in-depth discussion on the bench.

Once the skate started - without David Krejci taking the ice - 13 forwards and seven defensemen, along with Tuukka Rask and Anton Khudobin, took line rushes.

Ryan Spooner, who was recalled on an emergency basis Monday, joined the team and took rushes centering Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton. A remarkable opportunity for the young centerman in Krejci's absence, while the other lines stayed intact.

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Following the skate, Coach Julien gave an update on Krejci, saying that he was "doing better, and that's a good sign."

Coach also said Krejci had been biking, so "things are looking better," but did say that the center will not play tonight. In his place, Ryan Spooner will get the biggest opportunity he's had thus far in his career, with the second NHL call-up.

"This is something that we're giving him the opportunity, being a real good centerman, to play with some good players," said Coach Julien postskate. "He's a great playmaker, so I think it's a great opportunity for Spoons to take and see where he goes with that. If it doesn't' work out we can always make some changes, but we've seen him play enough that he can probably be a good fit there."

"Again, he just has to go out there – we told him just to play his game. Like I said, I've see him play enough, they play a very similar system down there [in Providence], so it's not like he's going into uncharted waters."

"He knows exactly what we expect of him, it's his second call-up, so just give him little tips there at the end on his faceoffs, everything else trying to help him out."

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