Bruins injuries are starting to pile up this season, with the loss of defensemen Kevan Miller. Miller left the Philadelphia game on Saturday with a concussion after getting blasted against the boards by Jakub Voracek. He has entered concussion protocol, and is out indefinitely. Miller has had played decently this year for the Bruins, and his loss on the 3rd line will be tough, especially with Colin Miller out as well at the moment.
THE LONG AND SHORT OF NHL CONCUSSION ABSENCES
Concussions are a tricky injury, especially in the NHL. They can last a couple of weeks or a couple of months, depending on the severity. Just look at Sidney Crosby and his concussion issues. This loss of Kevan Miller can allow for other defensemen to step up and contribute. Miller’s sidelining won’t impact the offense immensely, because he’s not an offensive-driven defender. The loss still leaves a hole in the team. Depth becomes an issue with the Bruins down to six healthy defensemen.
Boston got John-Michael Liles back from a six-week absence (from a concussion) against the Hurricanes. Liles became a healthy scratch until Monday’s game against the Islanders. Joe Morrow played as well after sitting out for the past 16 games. Liles and Morrow will most likely be paired together in the upcoming games on the 3rd line until Colin Miller and Kevan Miller come back. Boston needs Morrow and Liles to step up in and play well in the upcoming games.
After the 4-0 loss to the Islanders yesterday afternoon, the entire team needs to step up, not just the defense. Bruins have been averaging the most shots in the NHL while giving up the fewest. However the offense hasn’t been able to score regularly and the defense hasn’t been effective enough in front of Rask or McIntyre. The Bruins haven’t been great defensively all year and have been relying on goal tending to make big saves regularly. With Boston’s bye week and the All-Star break coming up, hopefully the team can rest and relax so they can come back with fresh legs, and make a playoff bid.