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Bruins' Ailing Blueline Triggers Kevan Miller Recall

Wednesday, 11.20.2013 / 5:44 PM
By Caryn Switaj - / Bruins Blog
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Bruins\' Ailing Blueline Triggers Kevan Miller Recall - The Bruins have recalled defenseman Kevan Miller from the Providence Bruins on an emergency basis. General Manager Peter Chairelli announced the transaction on Wednesday evening.

The recall comes after Dennis Seidenberg suffered a lower-body injury early in the game against the Rangers in New York on Tuesday night.

Boston has also been without blueliner Adam McQuaid for the past five games since he suffered a lower-body injury on November 9 against Toronto. The defenseman didn't travel with the Bruins on their three-game road swing through Ottawa, Raleigh and New York City, but Head Coach Claude Julien said that he started skating on Monday.

It's not known whether McQuaid will be ready to go on Thursday against St. Louis. When Julien was asked following the Rangers' game if he would be available for the Blues, the bench boss said a possible return this weekend might be more likely.

The Bruins were off on Wednesday, so the next update on the blueliners' injury situations can be expected on Thursday morning following the team's pregame skate.

Seidenberg only skated in one shift, logging 1:01 of ice time, early in the first period in New York, before skating off the ice and heading to the locker room. Boston played the next 58 minutes with just five defensemen.

The five 'D' rotation obviously lends to more ice time for the group, especially for first year full-time NHLers like Dougie Hamilton, Matt Bartkowski and Torey Krug.

"It says a lot, because this is not just a game, it’s a back-to-back game with travel so I thought they did a good job and even looking at Zdeno at the end there how he was strong and poised and getting pucks out of our own end; there wasn’t much panic," said Julien, of the composure his defense corps displayed in their 2-1 win over the Rangers.

"Overall, all of those guys - as you know, we have three young players of that group - are basically first year players so I thought we handled it well that way."

"With Johnny Boychuk and Zdeno back there, they just keep those guys poised with them; absolutely, they did a great job."

Miller will join the team Thursday and be eligible to play against the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night (7:00 p.m. at TD Garden).

If Miller does get the call to fill in on the Bruins' blueline, he would get the chance to suit up in his first career NHL game with Boston.

Miller was the last cut from the B's 22-man opening night roster. He traveled with the Bruins on their team-building trip to Vermont, before being assigned to Providence on October 2.

This marks the first-ever NHL regular season recall of his career.

The stay-at-home defenseman has skated in 12 games with the Providence Bruins this season and has registered one goal and two assists with 30 penalty minutes.

"I like to make it tough for the other guys to play against me," Miller said of his style during training camp. "[Adam McQuaid] and I have some similar style. I like to be physical, play strong, make quick passes and make smart decisions and just try and be tough to play against."

The recently turned 26-year-old played the last three seasons with the P-Bruins, skating in 147 games, notching six goals and 37 assists, following a four-year collegiate career at the University of Vermont.

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound native of Los Angeles, California was re-signed by Boston as a restricted free agent to a one-year deal on July 19, 2013.

"Coming into my first camp [on a tryout in 2011], I wasn’t signed and it was definitely a little bit more intimidating than it was this time," he had said on the final day of training camp in September.

"I’ve been with this organization for two years now, I’m feeling pretty comfortable with the guys and they make me feel comfortable. So I’ve learned a lot down in Providence, I’m ready to kind of bring it up here and see what I can do."

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