BOSTON – The game Thursday night against the Montreal Canadiens marks another that Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid will miss with a leg injury that is proving difficult to pin down.
McQuaid was deemed day-to-day when he first injured the leg in the second period of the Jan. 19 shootout loss to the Chicago Blackhawks, but he’ll miss his fifth straight game when the Habs and Bruins drop the puck. McQuaid hasn’t been seen on the ice since sustaining the injury, and Kevan Miller has ably filled in for the rugged blueliner as a hard-hitting alternative on the right side.
Claude Julien said it’s “out of sight, out of mind” on McQuaid until he’s ready to return to the lineup, and the Bruins are unlikely to want to make a move in the middle of a 5-0-1 stretch in their last six games anyway.
“I haven’t paid much attention to [McQuaid] because he is not ready to play yet. Whether that’s some news for you or not, he’s just not ready yet,” said Julien, prior to the Panthers game. “We’re just taking it day by day and waiting for the medical staff to say ‘you know we can take that next step with him’.
“When guys are injured they are kind of out of my control until they tell me they’re ready. So I think he has been working out but I don’t know to what extent.”
McQuaid had previously missed 19 games this season due to a pair of stints dealing with groin issues, and it’s unknown if his current injury is in any way related to those problems cropping up once again.
McQuaid will have missed his 23rd game this season due to injury when he’s out of the lineup Thursday against the Canadiens.