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The Boston Bruins are doing what they can to get healthy before their extended layoff ends on Thursday night. The team has four days in between games which is their longest inactive stretch thus far this season.
After playing eight games in 13 days including two back-to-backs the extended rest is much needed and well deserved. The last few games have been especially tough as the Bruins have been thin at the blue line while Dennis Seidenberg and Adam McQuaid both nursed lower body injuries. The team was able to survive by bringing up Kevan Miller from Providence who played well for a guy seeing his first NHL action.
“He’s a defensive defenseman who makes good strong plays,” said Claude Julien. “I’ve been impressed with him since he got here,” added Zdeno Chara.
After being sent back down to Providence, Miller was recalled on Monday on an emergency basis. That emergency may come sooner than expected as Adam McQuaid has missed practice because he re-aggravated his injury after returning for the previous three games. Torey Krug has also been added as day-to-day, but traveled with the team to Montreal.
The Bruins will have five of their next six games on the road. All five of which will be in Canada. The Bruins are just 6-4-0 on the road this season but are riding a two game win streak as they travel. Their only home tilt will be against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday. The season series currently stands at one apiece.
Before they can take on Pittsburgh they will have to get through their bitter rivals the Montreal Canadiens. Montreal is currently tied for second in the division and sits only three points behind Boston but has played one more game than the Bruins. The two teams will square off Thursday night in Montreal.