BOSTON – The Bruins had a bit of a surprise in Saturday’s pregame warm-up when both Jarome Iginla and Kevan Miller were missing from the ice prior to the matinee against the Philadelphia Flyers at TD Garden.
Both players were out of the lineup with Andrej Meszaros jumping up to fill in for the missing Miller, and Loui Eriksson notching four assists skating in Iginla’s place during a 5-2 win over the Broad Street Bullies.
Iginla had previously missed Wednesday night’s game against the Detroit Red Wings with a lower body injury originally suffered against Philly following a violent hit from Zac Rinaldo.
Iginla was again missing on Saturday with the same lower body issues and Miller was afforded his first day out of the lineup since back in early January, but Claude Julien said both situations weren’t serious following Saturday’s win. So rest assured Iginla is going to be perfectly fine when it really matters.
“[They are] minor — very minor. I would assess that more as maintenance [issue] more than anything else,” said Julien. “As you know, [Iginla] missed a game in Detroit, he came back and right now it’s still not 100 percent. We’re going to take our time here with him. [It’s the] same thing with Kevan.”
Miller has accumulated an assortment of bumps and bruises while blocking shots and throwing out bruising hits in the last few weeks of physical, grinding hockey, and the Bruins clearly want their hard-hitting defenseman at 100 percent for the playoffs.