Bruins place Joonas Kemppainen on IR, recall Max Talbot

DJ Bean
December 08, 2015 - 7:24 am
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[caption id="attachment_54626" align="alignright" width="150"] Joonas Kemppainen[/caption] The Bruins have placed forward Joonas Kemppainen on injured reserve and recalled Max Talbot from Providence. Kemppainen played just five shifts and missed the entire third period of Monday'€™s loss to the Predators due to an upper-body injury. Julien noted that without Kemppainen and Chris Kelly, who is out of the regular season, the Bruins will need to avoid penalties against Montreal. Kemppainen is both a regular penalty killer and a capable faceoff man for the B's when shorthanded. Talbot has experience killing penalties. Regardless of who they have out there, the B's would be wise to avoid taking eight minor penalties like they did Monday. The Canadiens boast the NHL's fifth-best power play with a 22.2 percent success rate. "When you lose guys like Kemppainen and you lose guys like Kelly, those are top-notch penalty killers," Claude Julien said. "There's no doubt it has an impact on our penalty kill units." Dennis Seidenberg and Colin Miller, both of whom have missed the last two games due to undisclosed injuries, will travel and are possibilities to play Wednesday. Miller said he is healthy enough to play. "Yeah, definitely," Miller said when asked if he could play. "Just a little banged up or whatever the last couple of days, but I'€™m definitely ready to go now." Miller had just 13:51 of ice time in last Friday'€™s overtime loss to the Flames, marking his lowest time on ice total since Oct. 30. His pairing with Seidenberg had struggled in recent games, most notably the Bruins'€™ win over the Rangers on Nov. 27. Despite a dip in his defensive game, the rookie blueliner was enjoying occasional offensive success. In the Bruins'€™ 3-2 overtime win over the Red Wings, Miller tied the game late in the third and then assisted Frank Vatrano'€™s game-winner. "I felt all right," Miller said of his game leading up to his time out of the lineup. "I mean, throughout the season there'€™s going to be ups and downs with the team and with everybody'€™s game and stuff like that, but I felt fine. It'€™s been going well. I'€™ve just got to keep going." It is unclear whether Julien will put Miller back in the lineup over Kevan Miller now that he'€™s healthy. Kevan Miller scored in the first period Monday but whiffed on taking out Viktor Arvidsson on what ended up being the game-deciding goal for the Predators.

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