McQuaid may miss time because of head injury

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McQuaid may miss time because of head injury

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Adam McQuaid has taken some rough spills as a sixth defenseman over the last couple of seasons,but the latest onemay sideline him for a length of time.

The 6-foot-4 defensemantumbled awkwardly before hitting his head on the boards Wednesday night as he wasmoving in for a hit against one of the Hurricanes players in the defensive zone, and looked extremely unsteady on his feet after finally getting up. McQuaid finished the shift with the pressure still on in the defensive zone, but looked dazed as he struggled to get back to the bench at the end of his shift.

The Bruins defenseman injured his neck in a similar fashion during last year's playoffs, and missed a pair of games. It appears he may miss some time after this latest incident, as he had difficulty standing up straight or walking on the ice immediately after the hit. McQuaid sat at the end of the bench staring straight onto the ice for a few minutes after the hit as he was conversing with trainer Donnie DelNegro, and the dinged up defensemen eventually relented to the "Quiet Room" used to house players suspected of suffering head injuries during an NHL game.

McQuaid never returned to the game after the third period incident.Coach Claude Julien confirmed McQuaid was brought to the "Quiet Room"for observationafter the impact with the boards, but couldn't offer much more than that. No update was available Wednesday night after the game, but if McQuaid fais the concussion test onThursday then their dependable defensive defensemancould out for at least a couple of weeks. That would open the door for a short stint for Matt Bartkowski and almost certainly put him in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

Saturday, Jan. 21: McKenzie on Julien's job security

Saturday, Jan. 21: McKenzie on Julien's job security

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while proud of my wife and daughter participating in today’s Women’s March.

*This is from a few days ago, but Bob McKenzie weighing in on the prospects for Claude Julien and his job security is always worth checking out.  

*The New York Rangers have themselves a rookie named Pavel that’s doing a pretty darned good job for the Blueshirts.

*What should the St. Louis Blues do with Kevin Shattenkirk as the trade deadline approaches and the seven-year, $49 million contract waiting for him in free agency is pretty daunting?

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Allen has a list of underperforming NHL stars, including Jamie Benn and Jonathan Toews, that may have been impacted by the World Cup of Hockey. Certainly Patrice Bergeron could have made this list as well.

*Blackhawks backup goalie Scott Darling may be earning some more playing time after the way he performed against the Bruins, according to Pro Hockey Talk.

*Good news with Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson set to return to the team in a couple of weeks after tending to his wife in a battle against cancer.

*The struggles of Anthony Duclair with the Arizona Coyotes mirror the team’s issues this season as well. It’s interesting that Duclair has popped up in trade rumors with the Desert Dogs this season.

*For something completely different: the final Wolverine movie with Hugh Jackman is going to be extremely emotional with its characters.


 

Both Millers missing from Bruins practice, but trending toward return

Both Millers missing from Bruins practice, but trending toward return

BRIGHTON, Mass – While both Kevan Miller and Colin Miller were missing from Bruins practice on Saturday morning, both injured Bruins defensemen could be rejoining the team soon.

Colin Miller skated on his own prior to Saturday’s team practice at Warrior Ice Arena for the second or third time since suffering a lower body injury in the win over the St. Louis Blues. Claude Julien said his presence on the ice was proof that the puck-moving defenseman is “definitely on the mend”, and could be nearing a return to practice soon with Sunday marking the sixth straight game that he’ll have missed.

Kevan Miller is out with a concussion suffered last weekend in the win over the Philadelphia Flyers, and the B’s current three-game losing streak has coincided with his absence from the lineup.

Julien said Miller has actually been away from the team for the last couple of days while dealing with a virus, and that his recovery from the concussion symptoms was good prior to being knocked down by the illness.

“Kevan was actually feeling really well and then he got hit by a virus that’s kept him in bed for the last two days,” said Julien. “It’s nothing to do with his original injury. There was a possibility he could have been ready very soon, but that’s set him back a bit.”

Both are obviously out for Sunday’s matinee against the Penguins, but a return to practice at some point next week seems like a good bet for both players. Here are the line combos and defense pairings from Saturday’s practice with the Bruins focusing on getting a good result in Pittsburgh with the hockey club on a “mom’s trip” with 22 of the players’ mothers traveling with the team to and from the game:

Marchand-Bergeron-Vatrano

Schaller-Krejci-Pastrnak

Spooner-Nash-Backes/Hayes

Blidh/Beleskey-Moore-Czarnik

 

Chara-Carlo

Krug-McQuaid

Morrow-Liles

 

Rask

McIntyre