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Jan 23, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Philadelphia Flyers left wing James van Riemsdyk (25) defends Boston Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller (86) during the first period at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

The Bruins will once again skate without defenseman Kevan Miller on Friday night, as the veteran defenseman has been ruled out for the second straight game with an undisclosed injury.

“He’s day-to-day,” Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said Friday morning. “If we have a better update for you, I’l give it to you. Right now, that’s the situation with him.”

Given Miller’s injury history — namely the knee issues Miller has battled since Apr. 2019, headlined by four operations, and a recent 19-game game absence due to discomfort — that simply doesn’t sound great. But Cassidy did his part to once again settle any worries about this being a potential long-term issue for the 33-year-old banger.

“It’s not related to his previous injury, not COVID,” Cassidy noted. “Just something that came up that unfortunately has kept him out of the lineup. We’ll see where he’s at [on Saturday].”

Miller’s newest injury is a definite bummer for the Bruins, as the 6-foot-2 defender was nails in his four-game return to lineup, with nine hits and 11 blocks, and at least 20 minutes of time on ice in all four contests.

Overall, Miller has totaled two assists, 41 hits, and 22 blocked shots in 19 games this season.

With Miller out, and with Matt Grzelcyk and Brandon Carlo still out of action, the Bruins will roll with a third pairing featuring Jakub Zboril and Steve Kampfer, while Connor Clifton remains on the Black and Gold’s second pairing.