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With David Krejci’s line continuing to lag, Anders Bjork deserves an extended look in top-6

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The calendar might have flipped to 2020, but David Krejci’s situation hasn't changed all that much over the last couple of years — tasked with driving the Bruins’ second line, without a consistent face to his right. 

After a 2018-19 campaign in which Krejci was part of 14 different line combinations that logged at least 15 minutes of 5v5 ice time, the B’s veteran pivot has once again had to produce with a carousel of wingers to his right this year — whether it be Charlie Coyle, Brett Ritchie, Karson Kuhlman and many more top-six candidates.

Even with that inconsistency, the results haven’t been all that disheartening for Krejci. A year removed from tying a career high with 73 points, Krejci is still on pace for 58 points over 75 games played. 

Defensively, there have been very few issues whenever Krejci has hopped over the boards, with opponents only tallying nine goals over the center’s 507:46 of ice time. That equals out to a 5v5 goals against per 60 minutes rate of 1.06 — second best on the club among skaters with over 200 minutes of 5v5 ice time. 

But down the other end of the ice, the underlying offensive numbers during Krejci’s shifts with his regular left winger in Jake DeBrusk raise some concern.