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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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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 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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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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Adam McQuaid working out, riding stationary bike 11.14.13 at 11:46 am ET
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Injured defenseman Adam McQuaid still has yet to skate since suffering a lower-body injury last Saturday against the Maple Leafs, but he did take a positive step forward Thursday when he rode the stationary bike.

Bruins coach Claude Julien said he saw McQuaid working out following the team’s morning skate, but that he still doesn’t know whether the team will take him to Ottawa for Friday’s game.

With McQuaid still out, Matt Bartkowski will play his second straight game as he remains in the lineup along Johnny Boychuk.

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Adam McQuaid misses Wednesday’s practice, still day-to-day 11.13.13 at 10:39 am ET
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WILMINGTON — Defenseman Adam McQuaid was the only player missing from Wednesday’s Bruins practice at Ristuccia Arena, suggesting he’s likely to remain out with a lower-body injury.

McQuaid left after his second shift of Saturday’s win over the Maple Leafs and did not play Monday against the Lightning. He grabbed his groin area at the end of his last shift Saturday, with Claude Julien saying McQuaid’s injury is to “where he grabbed.” The coach added that he wasn’t sure if McQuaid’s injury was a “day-to-day” situation or a “week-plus.” He gave something of an update following Wednesday’s practice.

“Still day-to-day,” Julien said. “He’s not skating now because he’s not capable of it. We keep hoping that he keeps improving, and we’ll see where he stands by then.”

Matt Bartkowski played Monday in McQuaid’s place and is expected to be in again Thursday against the Blue Jackets. Julien said the team has “no idea” whether McQuaid will travel to Ottawa for Friday’s game.

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