David Krejci Injury: Knee Injury Could Sideline Boston Bruins Center for a While

Nicholas Goss@@NicholasGoss35Correspondent IOctober 11, 2011

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 02:  David Krecji #46 of the Boston Bruins shoots the puck during Game Two of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Philadelphia Flyers during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center on May 2, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)
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Boston Bruins forward David Krejci hurt his knee in practice Tuesday, and the best result could be a few weeks on the sideline for the star center, a source told CSNNE.com's Joe Haggerty.

Krejci did not sustain the injury from a hit, and the Bruins are currently awaiting test results. He did not accompany the team on its trip to Carolina, where they play the Hurricanes on Wednesday night.

The initial report from the team was that Krejci suffered a body injury, which was kind of vague because a body injury could be anything.

The Bruins cannot afford to lose Krejci for a large amount of time because of the slow starts his first-line wingers Nathan Horton and Milan Lucic have gotten off to, and for the fact he's so important to the offense.

Krejci is the team's best passer and is a capable scorer as well. He led the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs in goals and points.

Fortunately for the Bruins, they are deep at center. Possible fill-ins for Krejci on Boston's first line are Chris Kelly and Tyler Seguin. Kelly is currently the third-line center, and Seguin has been playing mostly on the wing since arriving in Boston last season as a rookie, but his natural position is center.

Seguin is still young and developing, so it's unlikely the team would thrust him into the top line so early in his sophomore NHL season.

Patrice Bergeron is the team's best two-way center, but given the success of his line with wingers Rich Peverley and Brad Marchand, it's very unlikely Bruins head coach Claude Julien would break that line up. They have been Boston's best line going back to last season.

The news of Krejci's knee injury doesn't look good, and at best, it seems he may miss a few weeks, but that is speculation right now.

When the Bruins update David Krejci's injury status, Bleacher Report's Boston Bruins page will have the news.

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Nicholas Goss is a Boston Bruins featured columnist for Bleacher Report and was the organization's on-site reporter for the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals in Boston.