by Mike Lucas
Bruins center David Krejci made his highly anticipated season debut Monday afternoon against the Avalanche after missing the team’s first three games with what the team called an “unspecified issue.”
Krejci led the Bruins with 69 points last year. He recorded 50 assists on the season, 18 more than any other Bruin and the 9th most in the league. Krejci also led the NHL in plus/minus, the easiest indicator of an individual player’s impact on the ice.
Krejci’s impact on the ice was minimal in his first action of the season. He recorded just one shot on goal in a little over 19 minutes of action. The rust was expected for Krejci who had missed a significant chunk of time.
In Krejci’s absence, Patrice Bergeron had stepped up and played center on the B’s first line. He scored one goal and assisted on another in those three games. Krejci’s return means Bergeron will move back down to the second line.
The Bruins will head to Detroit for their next game on Wednesday night.