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Adam McQuaid out vs. Penguins, Maple Leafs 12.07.13 at 11:41 am ET
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Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid did not participate in Saturday’s morning skate and will be out Saturday and Sunday against the Penguins and Maple Leafs, respectively.

McQuaid, who re-aggravated a lower-body injury last Saturday against the Blue Jackets, has been working out and will go on the team’s upcoming road trip, Claude Julien said Saturday. The team is aiming for him to resume skating early on next week.

With McQuaid and Johnny Boychuk (out three to seven days with a back sprain) both injured, the Bruins will rely on Matt Bartkowski and Kevan Miller for the time being.

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Johnny Boychuk out three to seven days with back sprain at 10:16 am ET
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Johnny Boychuk

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli had an encouraging and somewhat surprising update on Johnny Boychuk Saturday morning, as Chiarelli revealed that Boychuk will miss “approximately three to seven days” with a back sprain.

Consider that good news for the B’s, as it was an ugly scene when Boychuk went down following a hit in the corner from Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty Thursday in Montreal. Boychuk was hunched over on the ice, placed onto a stretcher with his head immobilized and rushed to a local hospital.

“I think we dodged a pretty good bullet there personally,” Claude Julien said Saturday. “Those kind of injuries could have serious consequences. We feared the worst and I think we got as good of news as we could get. When he was down he couldn’t breathe, I guess he couldn’t move either. So obviously on the medical side of it, our trainers and the Montreal doctors did the right thing. They took him off on a stretcher, took him to the hospital and they got him checked out. After the MRI yesterday which we did, they found no fractures. So a lot of it has been based on him locking up from going into the boards; muscle spasm and everything else.

“We hope that it’ll be a quicker recovery, kind of sooner than later kind of thing. So it’s hard to tell how long he’s going to be out. Still stiff this morning, still walking around. With those kind of injuries, there’s always that opportunity that the spasm and the stiffness can go away quickly; you never know. Our plan right now is to bring him on the road with us. Certainly not playing tonight, not playing tomorrow — it’s not one of those things — but it’s a situation that we’ll see how it goes from there. I think his diagnosis was maybe three to seven days and stuff like that. Like I said, we’re lucky, and those kind of injuries, as you know, back injuries can have real serious consequences on the player’s future. Like I said, we dodged a bullet and we’re happy about the fact that it’s a lot less severe than initially expected.”

With Boychuk out, the Bruins will rely on either Matt Bartkowski or Kevan Miller (or both depending on Adam McQuaid‘s status) in the team’s upcoming games.

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Torey Krug, Adam McQuaid day-to-day; Bruins recall Kevan Miller 12.03.13 at 10:15 am ET
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WILMINGTON — Both Torey Krug and Adam McQuaid were missing from Tuesday’s practice, while Kevan Miller took the ice after being recalled on an emergency basis.

Following the practice, Claude Julien said that McQuaid had re-aggravated the lower-body injury that kept him out for eight games last month. Julien said that both McQuaid and Krug are both considered day-to-day, though he did not divulge Krug’s injury.

McQuaid had played the last three games for the B’s. Krug has played in every game this season played throughout the Bruins’ last game Saturday against the Blue Jackets without any noticeable issues.

Miller, 26, made his NHL debut last month for the Bruins when he was recalled due to injuries to McQuaid and Dennis Seidenberg. The right-shot defenseman played three games for the B’s and had a career-high 20:13 of ice time on Nov. 25 against the Penguins.

Tuesday’s defensive pairings were as follows:

Chara – Boychuk
Seidenberg – Hamilton
Bartkowski – Miller

It is unclear whether either Krug or McQuaid will be available for Thursday’s game against the Canadiens.

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Adam McQuaid questionable for Saturday’s game 11.22.13 at 12:27 pm ET
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Adam McQuaid

WILMINGTON — Adam McQuaid took part in Friday’s practice with the Bruins, marking the fifth straight day he has skated and second straight day he’s taken the ice with teammates.

“I’m getting there,” McQuaid said after the practice. “Again, today was better than yesterday and got into some game-like situations, some down-low play. I’m happy with each day’s progressing and we’ll see what tomorrow brings.”

McQuaid has missed the last six games with a lower-body injury and his status for Saturday is unknown. He did note that he expects to still be playing through some pain when he eventually does return.

“It’s probably something I’m going to have to play through a little bit,” he said, “but you want to make sure it’s something you’re not going to re-injure yourself when you’re doing what you need to do when you’re on the ice.”

Given that Kevan Miller held his own Thursday, the B’s can likely afford to give McQuaid another game of rest rather than rushing him back.

“No doubt, absolutely,” Claude Julien said. “We’ll see how Adam is tomorrow morning, and we’ll make a decision then. If he’s not quite ready to go, we know what we’ve got. I have no issues with putting [Miller] in the lineup tomorrow as well.”

Dennis Seidenberg, who is out for about a week with a lower-body injury, did not practice.

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Matt Bartkowski: ‘Hopefully I play well enough so they can’t take me out’ 11.21.13 at 12:40 pm ET
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Matt Bartkowski

Matt Bartkowski had no intention of coming out of Tuesday’s game against the Rangers when, with Dennis Seidenberg already done for the game, he crashed into the boards and hurt his left leg. He also has no plans on coming out of the Bruins’ lineup.

After getting banged up, Bartkowski missed the remainder of the second period Monday, as he likened it to hitting one’s funny bone and said he “couldn’t really move.” He returned to play the third period and appeared hampered, though he said Thursday that he wasn’t dealing with anything more than a little tightness. He still managed to log over 21 minutes in the game.

“It would have had to be something that the trainers would have had to tell me I couldn’t play,” Bartkowski said Thursday. “There’s five D; you’ve got to play.”

Thursday’s game will be the sixth consecutive contest in which Bartkowski has played for the Bruins, which will double the three games in a row he got last month when Claude Julien did some shuffling on the back end to get him some ice time. With Seidenberg out at least a week, it doesn’t look like Bartkowski will be exiting the lineup in the immediate future.

Obviously, Bartkowski finds himself in a position where he should be extremely motivated. He’s been given games here and there this season, but he has been the team’s seventh defenseman, and this stretch of games provides him as good a chance as any to earn a full-time job on the B’s blue line.

“Of course,” Bartkowski said. “Whenever I do get into games, especially this longer stretch, hopefully I play well enough so they can’t take me out.”

Bartkowski has played the last five games on a pairing with Johnny Boychuk. He’s generally been fifth among defensemen in time on ice (Torey Krug has played less), with Tuesday’s 21:13 the most he’s played in an NHL regular-season game (he played more in overtime games last postseason against the Maple Leafs and Rangers).

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Dennis Seidenberg out for a week, Adam McQuaid getting closer, Kevan Miller to make NHL debut vs. Blues at 11:53 am ET
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Adam McQuaid

Both Dennis Seidenberg and Adam McQuaid are out for Thursday’s game against the Blues with lower-body injuries. Given the injuries, Kevan Miller will make his NHL debut Thursday.

McQuaid hopes to return this weekend or early next week, while Claude Julien estimated that Seidenberg will miss somewhere in the neighborhood of seven days. Seidenberg left Tuesday’s game against the Rangers after his first shift and did not return. McQuaid has missed the Bruins’ last five games.

With Seidenberg out and Miller in, the Bruins used a number of different pairings in morning skate, though these seemed to be consistent:

Chara – Hamilton
Bartkowski – Boychuk
Krug – Miller

“He was a big, strong, solid defenseman,” Julien said of what he saw from Miller in training camp. “Moved the puck fairly well, simple play. Again, probably his strength, his battle along the walls and in front of the net, he’s a big strong individual. So I thought he played a steady game, I thought he got better as camp went on, more confident from playing some games at this level. So he’s got an opportunity tonight to step in and show that he can play against one of the best teams in the league, actually.”

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Adam McQuaid out for road trip 11.15.13 at 8:17 pm ET
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Bruins coach Claude Julien told reporters Friday that defenseman Adam McQuaid did not travel with the team for its three-game road trip, meaning that in addition to missing Friday’s game against the Senators, McQuaid will be out Monday and Tuesday against the Hurricanes and Rangers, respectively.

McQuaid suffered a lower-body injury in his second shift of the Bruins’ win over the Maple Leafs last Saturday. He left after grabbing his groin area and did not return. Julien did say Thursday that McQuaid was working out and riding the stationary bike, and McQuaid has been spotted at various points over the last week walking without a limp.

With McQuaid out, Matt Bartkowski will remain in the Bruins’ lineup. Bartkowski had a pair of assists in the first period Friday against the Senators, making it his first career multi-point game in the NHL.

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