McQuaid missing from practice, out vs. Oilers

McQuaid missing from practice, out vs. Oilers
January 31, 2014, 6:30 pm
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BOSTON – Adam McQuaid was once again missing from the on-ice portion of Bruins practice on Friday, and that means he’ll be out for Saturday’s matinee against the Edmonton Oilers. McQuaid hasn’t been seen on the ice with his teammates since suffering a leg injury in the second period of the Jan. 19 shootout loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.

McQuaid has been consistently called day-to-day with his injury by Bruins coach Claude Julien, but he doesn’t appear all that close to returning.

The game vs. the Oilers will be the fifth one missed for McQuaid since suffering this particular injury, but will be the 24th game missed over the course of the season with lower body injuries after missing 19 games earlier this season due to a recurring groin problem.

The Bruins aren’t expected to make any big chances to their positional player lineup when they host the Oilers on Saturday afternoon despite the listless loss at the hands of the Canadiens on Thursday.

Hard-hitting rookie blueliner Kevan Miller has been playing in McQuaid’s place since the latest injury, and has been a plus-2 with seven shots on goal in the last five games despite his time on ice dropping below 15 minutes in each of the last two games. Miller teed up Rene Bourque for a mammoth hit in front of the Montreal bench during the Thursday night defeat, another in a series of board-rattling body checks the sturdy defenseman has delivered over the last few games.