Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller has a dislocated right shoulder and will be out indefinitely, the club announced today.
Miller was hurt early in Saturday’s 4-0 win over the Sabres, after logging just 3:23 of the contest. The 26-year-old suffered the dislocated shoulder in a first-period fight with Nicolas Deslauriers:
Miller’s injury puts even more pressure on a Boston blue line that’s already had to deal with the loss of stalwart Johnny Boychuk, who was traded to the Islanders prior to the season starting.
Currently, the Bruins have just six healthy d-men on the roster: Zdeno Chara, Dougie Hamilton, Dennis Seidenberg, Torey Krug, Adam McQuaid, and Matt Bartkowski.
Boston hosts San Jose tomorrow at TD Garden, with Bartkowski, scratched in Buffalo, expected to take Miller’s spot in the lineup.
The Boston Bruins have recalled forward Seth Griffith from AHL Providence. They have not recalled forward Ryan Spooner.
Both players were sent down over the weekend and played Sunday against Portland. They were both healthy scratches for Boston’s game Saturday in Buffalo.
The signing of veteran forward Simon Gagne, combined with the return from injury of bottom-six forward Gregory Campbell, has only added to the competition to get into the lineup.
The B’s host San Jose on Tuesday before welcoming Johnny Boychuk and the Islanders to town Thursday.
Bruins rookie goaltender Niklas Svedberg made 32 saves for his first career shutout as Boston blanked the Buffalo Sabres 4-0 Saturday night.
Dougie Hamilton and Zdeno Chara scored first period goals while Torey Krug and Carl Soderberg added second period markers.
Hamilton also added an assist and finished with a plus-3 rating in the win.
The news wasn’t all good for Boston however as defenseman Kevan Miller suffered an upper body injury following a first period fight.
The Bruins have now won two of three while the Sabres have won just on of its’ first six to start the season.
Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller took exception to a hit from Sabres’ Nicolas Deslauriers and dropped the gloves during the first period tonight.
However, as Miller went down towards the end of the fight, he appeared to injure his right arm. Miller went to the room holding his right shoulder awkwardly.
Here’s a second look:
David Krejci and Milan Lucic seem like they’re getting healthier and more productive as of late for the Boston Bruins, but it looks like head coach Claude Julien is still experimenting to find them the right linemate.
Seth Griffith’s opportunity seemingly ended during Thursday’s loss to the Montreal Canadiens, yet it seemed hasty to assume that Simon Gagne’s late shifts with Krejci and Lucic would mean an extended audition, even if Gagne managed to score a goal in that very limited amount of time with that duo.
If the Bruins’ announced line rushes are any indication, he’ll get a chance to prove he can stick:
If this sticks, it would be a fascinating opportunity for a 34-year-old winger who didn’t play in 2013-14 and waited until this season already started to get his current, $600K deal. He also started off on the fourth line.
Gagne has two 40+ goal seasons and two other 30+ campaigns to his name, so it’s easy to see why things could work out, especially since Krejci and Lucic would likely open up a lot of space for the winger to unleash what still may be a lethal shot. (One may assume that trait hasn’t “left him.”)
Krejci and Lucic might be used to setting up right-handed shots considering their experiences with Jarome Iginla and Nathan Horton, so it would be interesting to see if Gagne’s once-elite lefty release changes this dynamic in anyway.
Speaking of changing dynamics, coaches tend to tweak lines frequently in the NHL, so there’s no telling how long Gagne might stick.
Considering the resume he brings to the table and Boston’s limited options thanks to cap concerns, it might behoove the Bruins to give him a long look here, though.