Boston Bruins

By Ty Anderson,

Given the way Kevan Miller’s season has gone, it was beyond easy to imagine that his crash into the boards in the opening seconds of the second period in Thursday’s 3-0 win was going to be the final memory of his 2018-19 season.

It’s just been that kind of year for the B’s rugged third-pairing stalwart.

But Miller and the Bruins appear to have finally dodged a bullet, according to Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy.

“You never know when you go into the boards like that, especially the luck he’s had this year,” Cassidy assessed. “He should be back in Saturday, assuming tomorrow he wakes up and there’s not too much stiffness.”

It actually seems as if the Bruins were simply being as cautious as possible, in fact.

“[Miller] wanted to come back and try it, but if he’s not 100 percent, now you’re really susceptible to injury and he’s missed too much time, not that important a game,” Cassidy, who is already in rest mode for some of his players, said. “I think we all came to the right choice– let’s just let it calm down and get back in Saturday.”

Boston’s decision to hold Miller out is certainly understandable, especially as the team remains out seventh defenseman John Moore, and with a playoff meeting with the high-scoring Maple Leafs awaiting the Bruins next week.

Especially given Miller’s aforementioned injury troubles this season, with the 31-year-old having missed a total of 42 games this season due to hand, larynx, and upper-body ailments.

The Bruins will close out the regular season with a Saturday matinee against the Lightning.

Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for He has also been a voting member of the Boston Chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association since 2013. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter @_TyAnderson.