Kevan Miller

Update: Kevan Miller remains out as Bruins, John-Michael Liles not suspended

DJ Bean
March 10, 2016 - 6:53 am
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Kevan Miller participated in Thursday's morning skate, but he will miss his third straight game when the Bruins host the Hurricanes at TD Garden. The veteran defenseman has been out with an upper-body injury since leaving last Saturday's game against the Capitals following a second-period hit from behind from Alexander Ovechkin. Speaking after the skate, Claude Julien said that Miller remains day-to-day and is "obviously doing well." He noted that Miller could be a possibility for Saturday's game against the Islanders. Miller, who appeared to injure his right shoulder on the hit, went to the hospital after the play. His season was ended by right shoulder surgery last year, so it would have been understandable if he feared a worse outcome than he experienced when he left the game. "It wasn't a very pleasant couple of minutes there," Miller admitted. "It happens." With Miller out, Joe Morrow is expected to play his second straight game. Zach Trotman played Monday in Boston's first game without Miller before the B's brought Morrow into the lineup. After a phone hearing with the league, John-Michael Liles was not given supplemental discipline for his hit to the head of Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov. Liles was not penalized on the play, which saw him extend his arm and hit Kucherov at the Bruins' blueline during Boston's 1-0 win over the Bolts. Assuming the Bruins play Morrow, they will have five left-shot defensemen and only one righty (Adam McQuaid) in the lineup. Liles played the right side with Zdeno Chara Tuesday against the Lightning, while Dennis Seidenberg played the right side with Morrow. "Both those guys can play their off-sides," Julien said. "We've seen it with Seids and John-Michael has been in the same situation before. He's played both sides, so that's been helpful, there's no doubt. I thought they did a great job last game of handling that and giving us that stability here of being able to have certain players in the lineup and playing with different partners."

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