The Boston Bruins will have to undergo few weeks without veteran defenceman Kevan Miller. Miller suffered an upper-body injury in a game against the St. Louis Blues just two days before the Trade Deadline. He has been missing from the practice since the beginning of the past week. His injury was initially believed to be day-to-day but worsened as he will now be out week-to-week.
Zdeno Chara is OK. Sean Kuraly might play Thursday. Kevan Miller is week to week.
— Fluto Shinzawa (@FlutoShinzawa) 4. marca 2019
Kevan Miller Out For Weeks For The Bruins
Miller suffered an upper-body injury 10 days ago. Head coach Bruce Cassidy expected Miller to miss games against the San Jose Sharks and the Tampa Bay Lightning last week. After missing three straight games, Miller underwent an MRI, which didn’t bring good news. Miller is now week-to-week with his upper-body issue.
In other injury news for the Bruins, forward Sean Kuraly was skating back with the main group after he went through concussion protocol this past weekend. Kuraly suffered a hard hit from Braydon Coburn of the Tampa Bay Lightning last Thursday. The versatile forward should return back to action on Thursday, when the Bruins host the Florida Panthers at the TD Garden.
Bruins Will Miss Miller Despite Defensive Depth
The Bruins have plenty of depth on their defence. Kevan Miller was playing on the third defensive pair alongside Matt Grzelcyk. He was replaced by John Moore, who signed with Boston last summer. Miller´s season has been hampered by the injury bug so far. He was limited to playing in just 36 games so far.
Kevan Miller has already missed more than a month because of a throat injury during the current campaign. In his 36 games skated, the 31-year-old defenceman collected six assists. Miller is signed through the 2019-2020 season with a salary cap hit of $2.5 million per year. The Bruins will certainly miss Miller, as they have to play with four left-handed defencemen now.
TORONTO, ON – NOVEMBER 26: Kevan Miller #86 of the Boston Bruins skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on November 26, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Maple Leafs defeated the Bruins 4-2. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)