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David Krejci’s efforts to improve 200-foot game providing stability on often-shuffled second line

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At this point, in his 12th full NHL campaign with the Bruins, David Krejci isn’t looking to change the way he operates out on the ice. Well, at least in the offensive zone.

Still a gifted playmaker with the puck on his stick, Krejci is on pace to tally his first 60-plus point campaign since the 2015 season — despite playing for most of this year without a set top-six winger to his right on the second line.

A bump up to the top line during Patrice Bergeron’s absence certainly helped the 32-year-old pivot when it comes to stringing together some strong outings from a scoring perspective — including a stretch of 11 points in eight games ahead of No. 37’s return on Dec. 22.

But when the time came to promote Krejci up with a uber-talented duo in Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak, Cassidy did note that there was some initial trepidation. For as much as Krejci would produce with two skilled wingers to work with, would that line be susceptible down the other end of the ice?