Matt Bartkowski

Matt Bartkowski

The Bruins can only hope they’€™ll go the rest of the season without being as banged up on defense as they are right now, but you have to think that they’€™ll need Matt Bartkowski at some point.

That time could come as early as Monday. Torey Krug is a possibility to return from a broken finger, but if he does not, the loss of David Warsofsky would require Bartkowski to return to the lineup after serving the last four games as a healthy scratch.

Unlike the rest of the absences among Boston’€™s blueliners, Bartkowski’€™s is due to performance. At the time that Krug went down with his injury, the Bruins called up Warsofsky and Joe Morrow from Providence; Warsofsky was brought up to spell Krug, while Morrow was recalled to replace a struggling Bartkowski.

After serving as a regular on Boston’€™s second pairing down the stretch last season, Bartkowski has taken a big step backwards, committing multiple on-ice errors that led directly to opposing goals. He was benched for much of the third period after being on the ice for his second goal against of the game against the Wild and has not played since.

At that point, Bartkowski admitted that he was struggling with confidence. If and when he gets back in the lineup, the B’€™s will hope that both his confidence and decision-making have improved.

“I don’€™t know if it’€™s just last year; we just know he’€™s good enough when he’€™s on top of his game to be a good player for us,” Claude Julien said. “He dug himself a hole and now he’€™s got to dig himself out of it. It starts in practice.”

Morrow has been fine in his first four NHL games thus far and hasn’€™t made a case to be taken out of the lineup. That will happen when other players such as Zdeno Chara and Kevan Miller return from their injuries, but it doesn’€™t seem Bartkowski would be able to wrest the job from Morrow for now.

It will take Krug remaining out for Bartkowski to get back in. If he does, Claude Julien hopes that Bartkowski has spent his time in the press box well.

“There’€™s two ways to look at it,” Julien said. “You can go there and mope and not make yourself better or you can go do what Matt Fraser did: watch and learn and then when you get your chance, take advantage of it. It doesn’€™t matter. A player should always want to play. He should be anxious to get the call, and when you’€™re called upon you should be ready to go.

“You only get so many chances, right? If you keep failing, you keep going back in the press box. It’€™s all about attitude. These guys are professionals. They’€™re paid to do this job and they’€™ve got to do it professional way.”

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DJ Bean

Bruins center David Krejci is considered day-to-day, while Torey Krug is a possibility to return to the lineup for Monday’€™s game against the Devils.

Bruins center David Krejci is considered day-to-day, while Torey Krug is a possibility to return to the lineup for Monday’€™s game against the Devils.

Krejci was again missing from Bruins practice Sunday after also missing Friday’€™s skate. Krejci returned from what is believed to be a hip injury Thursday against the Oilers but said he would continue to battle his ailment. He did not practice Friday.

“He’€™s day-to-day; we’€™ll leave it at that,” Claude Julien said after Sunday’€™s practice. “He’€™s still going through the same thing.”

Krejci has missed five games this season due to the injury, which was suffered in the preseason finale. The 28-year-old center missed the first three games of the season, returned to play the next nine and then was kept out of two games earlier this month.

With Krejci out, the Bruins’ forward lines were as follows:

Lucic – Kelly – Griffith
Marchand – Bergeron – Smith
Fraser – Soderberg – Eriksson
Paille – Campbell – Gagne

Julien said that the team would make a decision on Monday as to whether Krug plays. Krug suffered a broken finger on Oct. 28 against the Wild. Krug began practicing with the team on Friday.

“I feel good,” Krug said. “I still obviously don’€™t know when I’€™m going to be back in the lineup. That’€™s up to the medical staff and coaches as well. I feel more comfortable. Every time I’€™m out on the ice, I feel better about it, so that’€™s good so far.”

Julien didn’€™t have much of an update on David Warsofsky, saying only that the player was examined Saturday. Steve Harris of the Boston Herald has reported that Warsofsky is out for 2-3 weeks with a pulled groin.

If Krug is not abel to return to the lineup Monday, Matt Bartkowski will play after serving the last four games as a healthy scratch.

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DJ Bean

WILMINGTON — Claude Julien said after Friday’€™s practice that he isn’€™t worried about David Krejci‘€™s status and t

David Warsofsky

David Warsofsky

WILMINGTON — Claude Julien said after Friday’€™s practice that he isn’€™t worried about David Krejci‘€™s status and that Patrice Bergeron simply took a maintenance day. The other absence from practice, however, left reason for concern.

Julien said that David Warsofsky is injured and is out for “a while.”

When asked for a more specific timetable on the player, Julien said he couldn’t give one.

“I have no idea. I’€™m not a doctor,” Julien said. ‘€œI know he’€™s out for a while. I don’€™t know how long.”

Warsofsky’€™s injury is unknown. He did not play the final 6:46 of Thursday’€™s win over the Oilers. He played four games for the B’€™s since being recalled to replace the injured Torey Krug. Friday was Krug’€™s first practice with the team since suffering a broken finger last Tuesday against the Wild.

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DJ Bean

WILMINGTON –€” David Krejci, Patrice Bergeron and David Warsofsky were all absent from Bruins practice Friday at Ristuccia Arena, though

Torey Krug

Torey KrugTor

WILMINGTON –€” David Krejci, Patrice Bergeron and David Warsofsky were all absent from Bruins practice Friday at Ristuccia Arena, though Torey Krug participated in the session.

Krug is working his way back from a broken finger suffered last Tuesday against the Wild. He has been skating, but Friday marked his first time practicing with the team. At the time of his injury, he was expected to miss 2-3 weeks.

The Bruins don’€™t play again until Monday, so it’€™s possible the absences could be more about maintenance than an inability to go. Krejci, who returned from what’€™s believed to be a hip injury Thursday night, left the bench briefly during the third period because he said he was sore.

With Krejci not on the ice, Chris Kelly centered Krejci’€™s line with Seth Griffith and Milan Lucic Friday. Matt Fraser was in Kelly’€™s familiar spot on Carl Soderberg’€™s line with Loui Eriksson. Fraser played there in the two games that Krejci missed and played the first two-plus periods with Soderberg and Eriksson Thursday before being taken off the line in the third period.

Bergeron has not missed any games this season. Krug wore a gold jersey and skated with Bergeron’s line during line drills.

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DJ Bean

David Krejci is back in the Bruins’€™ lineup, but the pain isn’€™t gone.

David Krejci is back in the Bruins’€™ lineup, but the pain isn’€™t gone.

Krejci said after Thursdays’€™s game that the injury that caused him to miss the previous two games is one that he’€™ll continue to battle going forward. According to a source, Krejci played through pain earlier on after a hip injury forced him to miss the first three games of the season. The issue kept him out of the lineup Saturday against the Senators and Tuesday against the Panthers.

The 28-year-old center played 16:16 Thursday, his lowest time on ice of the season, but that was because he racked up six penalty minutes in the first period due to a high-sticking double minor and a hooking call. Krejci also left the bench briefly in the third period because he said he was “a little sore.”

The Bruins next play Monday, so Krejci will have time to recover from any discomfort he may have felt in his return. The Bruins will need him to get through games close to pain-free, but it doesn’€™t appear that’€™s the case right now.

“It’€™s a concern that’€™s not the start to the season I would love to have, but it is what it is,” Krejci said. “This is my first time that I’€™m actually battling with injuries in my career so I got to get through it. It’€™s something new for me, but I’€™ve been working hard and felt pretty good today so I was good enough to play so hopefully I’€™ll have the next few days good days and feel even better on Monday.”

That part about him not previously battling injuries isn’€™t quite true. Krejci played with a torn labrum in his hip throughout the 2008-09 season and had surgery on it after the season. He told reporters Thursday that this is not the same injury.

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DJ Bean

Dougie Hamilton leads the Bruins in time on ice this season. (Jen Fuller/Getty Images)When Zdeno Chara went down just over two weeks ago, there was legitimate reason to be concerned.