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It was learned today that the Bruins will be without center David Krejci for tonight’s game with rival Montreal, after General Manager Peter Chiarelli confirmed that Krejci has been diagnosed with the H1N1 virus, more commonly known as “swine flu.”
Krejci will remain quarantined from the rest of the team until he remains symptom-free for at least 24 hours. This action puts his status in question for the team’s entire 4-game homestand. To fill his roster spot, Mikko Lehtonen has been called up from Providence. In 11 games with the Baby B’s, Lehtonen has 3 goals and 7 assists, playing for Providence’s top forward line.
“Like most people, we are taking many precautions to try to prevent our players and staff from contracting the H1N1 virus,” said Chiarelli. “Our medical staff is working with David to get him healthy as soon as possible, and our players and staff will continue to take precautions with hopes of preventing the spread of the virus to others in the organization.”
Krejci has struggled through the team’s first 14 games, scoring only one goal and adding just three assists thus far. The Bruins can ill afford to lose any more of Krejci’s teammates, as the B’s are already without top line forwards Marc Savard and Milan Lucic for another few weeks.