Center David Krejci and defenseman Steven Kampfer are set to make their return to the Bruins' lineup Thursday night against the Maple Leafs. 

Krejci injured his core last Tuesday in practice and has missed the last three games. He will skate on a line with Benoit Pouliot and Rich Peverley. Kampfer, meanwhile, suffered a left knee sprain in a Sept. 29 preseason game against the Senators. The Bruins sent Matt Bartkowski, who had replaced Kampfer as the team's seventh defenseman, to Providence. Adam McQuaid remains out with a neck injury. 

Bruins coach Claude Julien said after Thursday's morning skate that center David Krejci will be a game-time decision against the Maple Leafs, with defenseman Steven Kampfer "likely" to play and Adam McQuaid out. 

Bruins forward Brad Marchand joined the Mut & Merloni show Wednesday afternoon, one day after the B's fell to 2-4-0 with a 4-1 loss to the Hurricanes.

The Bruins tried to get physical with Carolina, but it backfired in the final period with some key penalties.

Claude Julien shook up the Bruins' lines in Wednesday's practice at TD Garden, seemingly to get a spark from his team after a 2-4-0 start to the season. Nathan Horton was among those to see a demotion, as he was on the second line. The new lines are as follows:

Milan Lucic – Chris Kelly – Tyler Seguin

Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – Nathan Horton

Benoit Pouliot – David Krejci – Rich Peverley – Jordan Caron

Shawn Thornton – Gregory Campbell – Daniel Paille

Nathan Horton has been a hero in Boston since his first of three game-winning goals in the playoffs during the spring’s Stanley Cup run, but a new season has bought a new batch of frustrations for the B’s fi

After the Bruins' ugly, penalty-filled 4-1 loss to the Hurricanes, B's coach Claude Julien, who was given a game misconduct in the third period, said he did not know why he was tossed. 

"I wish I knew," Julien said. "I really wish I knew. I guess when they announced the misconduct to Lucic, I just shook my head. I guess that was merit for being kicked out. That's all I can come up with."

The Bruins put up an early candidate for their worst loss of the season Tuesday as they lost an ugly one to the Hurricanes, 4-1, and saw their season record drop to 2-4-0. 

As the game wore on, the Bruins became increasingly frustrated, leading to, among other things, a game misconduct for coach Claude Julien in the final minutes. 

The Hurricanes received goals from Anthony Stewart, Joni Pitkanen, Eric Staal and Tuomo Ruutu, with Rich Peverley scoring the Bruins' lone goal. Stewart has scored both of his goals this season again the Bruins. 

Bruins coach Claude Julien said after the team's morning skate that defenseman Adam McQuaid will be a game-time decision against the Hurricanes Tuesday night. McQuaid left last Wednesday's contest against the Hurricanes with a neck injury after crashing into the boards and sat out Saturday's game against the Blackhawks. He returned to practice Monday and participated in Tuesday's morning skate.

WILMINGTON -- Bruins center David Krejci was absent for Monday's practice at Ristuccia Arena, but he did take the ice prior to the skate in a sign that he is progressing as he works to recover from a core injury. Krejci has missed the team's last two games after being injured in practice last Tuesday and is expected to miss Tuesday's game against the Hurricanes. 

"David skated this morning," coach Claude Julien said. "He's coming around. Probably doubtful for tomorrow, but after that I would really qualify him as day-to-day." 

The Bruins were minutes away from their first 0-3-0 stretch since February on Saturday before they got renewed hope – both for the game in Chicago and the early part of their schedule – in one play.