It looks like the Bruins will really get their organizational defensemen depth tested this week.
The B’s announced on Wednesday that they’ve called former University of Vermont defenseman Kevan Miller up from the AHL Providence Bruins on emergency recall, and he’ll be eligible to play Thursday night against the St. Louis Blues at TD Garden.
The move was made with both Dennis Seidenberg (lower body) and Adam McQuaid (hip/groin) banged up, and potentially missing from the Boston lineup against the Blues. McQuaid has missed the past four games with a lower body injury, but had skated on his own the last couple of days in Boston while missing the just concluded three-game road trip. McQuaid isn’t expected to play Thursday night, and Seidenberg’s status is still unknown heading into game day.
Seidenberg went down with a lower body injury in his first shift Tuesday night in a 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers. That forced the other five defensemen into playing much more ice time than normal. The German defenseman is second on the B’s with 21:07 of ice time per game, so his absence is going to be felt in every situation for the Black and Gold.
Matt Bartkowski also banged up his left knee in the second period against the Rangers, but managed to finish the game, while topping 20 minutes of ice for the first time this season.
Miller actually made the Bruins’ NHL roster out of training camp after an impressive show of physical, rugged defense throughout the preseason, but was dropped back to the AHL before Boston opened the regular season. The stay-at-home defenseman has three points and a minus-7 rating along with 30 penalty minutes in 12 games for the P-Bruins after an early season concussion shelved him for a couple of weeks.
The Bruins might have opted for either Joe Morrow (shoulder) or Zach Trotman (hand) instead of Miller, if circumstances were a little different, but both players are out with injuries for the P-Bruins.