Savard won't need surgery

BOSTON -- Center Marc Savard will be out three to four weeks with a Grade 2 partial MCL tear in his right knee, the Bruins announced Saturday morning.

Savard, who was injured just 28 seconds into Thursday night's loss to Chicago at TD Garden, will not require surgery. Savard, who also missed 15 games earlier in the season with a broken foot, has nine goals and 13 assists in 28 games.

The Bruins will start their stint without Savard on Saturday afternoon against the New York Rangers at TD Garden.

"It's unfortunate. Any time you lose a player, it's an unfortunate situation," Bruins coach Claude Julien said before the team faced the Rangers. "Especially, we know what Savvy can bring to our hockey club. But again, it's part of the game. Every team goes through it. You hear me repeating myself in that regard. We'll just make the best of it as far as needing to grind it out, probably, a little bit more and getting those gritty wins."

Boston is now down four regulars with Savard joining Patrice Bergeron (thumb), Andrew Ference (groin) and Mark Stuart (sternum) among the injured players.

The absence of Savard and Bergeron leaves David Krejci as Boston's No. 1 center. After finishing as Boston's second-leading scorer last season, Krejci has produced just 8-15-23 totals in 41 games.

"I think he's getting better," said Julien about the inconsistent Krejci. "I have a feeling we're going to see David up his game as well. He's been good in the past when he's been challenged that way. You just to look back at a couple years ago when Savvy and Bergy were out and he really stepped up his game. And he made the difference, I thought, in us making the playoffs."

Matt Kalman covers the Bruins for ESPNBoston.com