Bruins’ Miller (shoulder) to have season-ending surgery

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The Boston Bruins will be without Kevan Miller for the remainder of the season the club announced Saturday.

Miller, who sustained a right shoulder dislocation on Feb. 16 against the Calgary Flames, will undergo season-ending surgery.

The 27-year-old initially injured the shoulder during an Oct. 18 fight with Buffalo Sabres’ forward Nicolas Deslauriers and missed 13 games.

Miller appeared in 41 games this season scoring two goals and five assists to go along with a plus-20 rating and an average of 18:02 in ice time.

Bruins losing streak hits six games, Krejci leaves game due to injury

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Things are going from bad to worse for the Boston Bruins. They lost big in St. Louis on Friday, and that isn’t just reserved to the scoreboard.

Forward David Krejci left the game early in the second period and did not return due to an undisclosed injury. And while the Bruins allowed only 15 shots on goal, they lost by a final score of 5-1 after a disastrous second period.

“Don’t know quite the severity of it so we’ll have to see here,” said Bruins head coach Claude Julien, as per the club’s Twitter account.

Malcolm Subban, who was making his NHL debut in net for the Bruins, was pulled after allowing three goals on six shots. He eventually entered back into the game late in the third period, when the result was all but official.

The Bruins entered the game with a one-point lead on the Florida Panthers for the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference. But they’ve now lost six consecutive games — managing single points in two of those — as this five-game road trip through the Western Conference continues.

The Bruins are in Chicago to face the Blackhawks on Sunday.

Bruins’ Malcolm Subban pulled in NHL debut

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Malcolm Subban’s NHL debut was a forgettable one.

Subban, in net for the Boston Bruins against the St. Louis Blues on Friday, was pulled early in the second period after allowing three goals on just six shots faced.

All three goals he allowed came within the first 5:09 of the second period. Tuukka Rask came into the game for Boston.

Chiarelli understands scrutiny on GM and coach, but says, ‘It’s unfortunate that we’re under review for one year’

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To an outsider, it seems almost insane that a team that won the Stanley Cup in 2011, made it back to the finals in 2013, then won the Presidents’ Trophy in 2014 could in 2015 be on the verge of firing its coach, Claude Julien, and GM, Peter Chiarelli.

Reading that over, maybe it is insane.

It sort of sounds insane, right?

But that continues to be the speculation in Boston, where Bruins CEO Charlie Jacobs and president Cam Neely are, according to the Boston Globe, willing to “make Chiarelli (hired in 2006) and Julien (2007) pay the price” for the club’s disappointing 2014-15 campaign.

“Whether it’s Cam or Charlie who said we’re all under review, I understand that,” Chiarelli told the newspaper. “We’ve had a lot of success here in my tenure and Claude’s tenure. We’re having a down year. It’s unfortunate that we’re under review for one year. But I understand. We’ve got to make things better.”

To be sure, Chiarelli has made some questionable decisions. Just before the start of the season, he traded defenseman Johnny Boychuk due to salary-cap constraints — the same constraints that meant the loss of free-agent winger Jarome Iginla.

At the time, the Boychuk trade was one Chiarelli conceded “doesn’t make us better now” but needed to be done. Except, given how things have been going on the blue line lately, it’s fair to say the B’s have missed Boychuk in a big way. Perhaps more than they expected to.

Chiarelli, of course, also traded Tyler Seguin in a deal with Dallas that most feel the Bruins lost. So in reality, this isn’t just about one season. The Bruins haven’t drafted and developed particularly well under Chiarelli either.

As for Julien, well, maybe he’s just reaching the natural end of his tenure with one team. It happens to all coaches eventually. Look around the NHL and only Detroit’s Mike Babcock has been employed by the same team longer. All 28 other teams have made changes. Some have made multiple changes.

The Bruins could still turn their season around. But if they don’t — and especially if they miss the playoffs — as hard as it might be to believe, we may actually be witnessing the end of an era in Boston.

Related: Malcolm Subban to start for Bruins

Goalie nods: Gibson’s struggling, but starts fourth straight for Anaheim

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All the latest from the blue paint…

Ducks stick with Gibson

The Anaheim Ducks, losers in seven of their last 10, will keep rolling with John Gibson as they look to get things on track tonight in Calgary.

Gibson, forced into action with Frederik Andersen injured and Ilya Bryzgalov struggling, hasn’t played especially well of late — in four games this month, he’s allowed 13 goals on 101 shots for a .886 save percentage, and has just one win.

“My biggest worry on it is that we are allowing way too many goals,” Bruce Boudreau said following a 4-1 defeat to Tampa Bay on Wednesday, per the O.C. Register. “We’re not losing pretty.”

The Ducks are hoping Gibson, a highly-touted prospect that broke onto the scene late last year — can reclaim some of the form shown earlier this season. In a three-game stretch in late October, the 21-year-old allowed one goal in a win over Columbus, posted a 38-save shutout against the Blackhawks and stopped 27 of 29 shots in a loss to St. Louis.

For the Flames, Jonas Hiller will start in goal.

Elsewhere…

Rangers at Sabres: No word yet on starters for either team.

Canucks at Devils: Eddie Lack vs. Cory Schneider

Leafs at ‘Canes: James Reimer vs. Cam Ward

Bruins at Blues: Malcolm Subban vs. Jake Allen (more on Subban’s NHL debut here.)

Avs at ‘Hawks: Semyon Varlamov vs. Corey Crawford

Wild at Oilers: Devan Dubnyk for Minnesota, no word yet on an Edmonton starter.