The Bruins were once one of the deepest teams in the NHL at the center position. Now, they can hardly scrap together four proper lines.
That's because unexpectedly, David Krejci was held out of Thursday night's win in San Jose with what the team called an undisclosed injury.
The news came as a surprise, as Krejci logged 13:52 of ice time in Wednesday's loss in Anaheim. He registered an assist in that game, and he was robbed on a shot from goalmouth by Jonas Hiller late in the third period.
Krejci's absence left the Bruins without their three top centers, with Marc Savard recovering from a partially torn MCL and Patrice Bergeron nearing a return from a broken thumb.
Interestingly, without the regular centers on the top three lines, the fourth line turned in perhaps its best performance of the season, helping to will the Bruins to a 2-1 shootout win over the Sharks.