BRIGHTON, Mass -- The Bruins are down to six healthy defensemen with both of the Millers missing from Sunday’s practice at Warrior Ice Arena.
Colin Miller (lower body) and Kevan Miller (concussion) were both missing from the ice with the latter having been knocked out of Saturday afternoon’s 6-3 win over the Flyers after absorbing an out-of-control hit from behind by Flyers forward Jakub Voracek midway through the second period.
Claude Julien labeled the Miller injury an “upper body syndrome” following Saturday’s game, but it seemed inevitable that the rugged D-man suffered a head injury given the way he was driven face-first into the boards.
“He suffered a concussion, so he’s going through the protocol right now,” said Julien. “I don’t think anybody is well-equipped for losses [due to injury], but we’ve got some depth at that position. We still have enough guys up here to get through, and hopefully we’ll get some guys back sooner rather than later.”
Julien added that Colin Miller skated on his own prior to the team practice on Sunday morning, so he’s making good progress for a return.
With the Bruins facing the New York Islanders on Monday afternoon at the Garden, it would appear that Joe Morrow is going to draw back into the B’s lineup for the first time since Dec. 12.
Otherwise everybody was healthy and accounted for at B’s practice with the same lines and pairings as they’ve largely held together during a 3-1-1 stretch over their last five games. Here are the line combos and pairings from practice: