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Vaakanainen to make NHL debut because of Bruins’ injuries

Matt Kalman
October 20, 2018 - 6:30 pm

The Bruins’ defense corps will have a different look Saturday night in Vancouver because of a pair of injuries.

Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy revealed Saturday morning to the media at Rogers Arena that defensemen Kevan Miller (hand) and Charlie McAvoy (undisclosed) have returned to Boston to be examined.

In their place, Steven Kampfer, who was a healthy scratch the first seven games of the season, and Urho Vaakanainen, who was recalled from Providence (AHL) on an emergency basis, will be in the lineup. Vaakanainen, the Bruins’ first-round pick (No. 18) in 2017, will make his NHL debut.

This season with Providence, Vaakanainen has two assists in six games. It’s his first season playing in North America.

Cassidy said that Miller blocked a shot with his hand on Thursday in Edmonton. The veteran did not play after leaving the game in the second period.

More worrisome is McAvoy’s injury because Cassidy said the second-year blueliner “wasn’t feeling right" since a hit he took against Edmonton back on Oct. 11 in Boston. The coach went on to say:

“It’s vague because we don’t know what’s going on.”

Cassidy also named Jaroslav Halak his starting goaltender against the Canucks. This will be the first time he has started two games in a row this season.

The Bruins are 0-1-1 so far on their four-game Canadian road trip.


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