Krejci passes latest hurdle

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- There was more good news on the David Krejci and Johnny Boychuk injury front for the Bruins on Tuesday. Krejci passed his latest neuro-psych test and it now appears to be just a matter of getting complete medical clearance and practicing more for Krejci to return to the lineup.

"He passed the neuro-psych test, and now it's a matter of moving on to the next stage," Julien told the media after an optional practice Tuesday. "And when he's 100 percent and the doctors feel he's 100 percent, then he'll be ready to go. It's more about being able to take contact, which he hasn't taken any yet. So he's got to start doing that."

Krejci will travel with the team to New York for the Bruins' game with the Rangers tomorrow night, and so will defenseman Johnny Boychuk, who actually could play against the team he was facing when he broke his left forearm on Oct. 23 on a Brandon Dubinsky slash. But the Bruins won't play him unless he's truly ready.

"I guess it's how his hand feels and if he's able to move that around a little bit and whether it's not going to handcuff him," Julien said. "You want to put a guy in that's going to help you, not hurt you. I think right now we're just at a stage where he's day to day and we'll probably get a better idea tomorrow morning. He's got to be confident too going out there that he doesn't have limitations. If he's got limitations, we've got guys that are very healthy right now that could play ahead of him."