BRIGHTON, Mass. – It’s bad news for Kevan Miller, who is going to be out longer than expected after test results revealed a more serious injury.
The rugged Bruins defenseman has missed the last three games with an upper-body injury after blocking a shot in the win over Vegas on their recently concluded West Coast trip, and had been listed as doubtful and day-to-day since that point. But after missing the entire week of games and practices since coming home, Bruce Cassidy said that Miller has been downgraded to “week-to-week” and that means he’s out for the foreseeable future with the injury.
“Kevan Miller was not out there. He got a little bit of bad news the other day with his MRI,” said Cassidy. “We didn’t think it was much, but they found something there. So it’s a little bit more serious than we first thought. So he’s been classified as week-to-week as opposed to day-to-day.”
The Bruins have obviously done okay without Miller, having won all three games on the homestand amidst a 16-game point streak, but there’s also no doubt that his toughness and rugged defensive zone play are both missing when he’s not in the lineup. In other news, the Bruins did get the return of Sean Kuraly (concussion) to the ice in a non-contact jersey, and he could be an option for Thursday night’s game if he continues to progress from the injury at his current pace. Jaroslav Halak is slated to get the Tuesday night start between the pipes against the Carolina Hurricanes.
Here are the projected Bruins line combos and D-pairings for Tuesday night’s game vs. Carolina based on Monday’s snow practice at Warrior Ice Arena:
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