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Bruins’ Kevan Miller to have injured right shoulder evaluated

Kevan Miller’s right shoulder is the same one he dislocated in a fight with Nicolas Deslauriers on Oct. 18.
Kevan Miller’s right shoulder is the same one he dislocated in a fight with Nicolas Deslauriers on Oct. 18.Winslow Townson/AP

LEDUC, Alberta – In the immediate aftermath of Monday’s overtime loss to Calgary, coach Claude Julien said of Kevan Miller’s injury, “We’ll see what comes out of it, but it doesn’t look good.”

Miller had exited the game with 5:43 left in the second period, skating off holding his right arm. He had reinjured his right shoulder, the same shoulder that he had dislocated in a fight with Nicolas Deslauriers on Oct. 18 in a game against Buffalo.

“He’s gone back home to be evaluated,” Julien said on Tuesday. “That’s the update. He flew back [Tuesday]. We haven’t heard anything else from that.”

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Miller will not play the rest of this trip, which includes games in Edmonton, St. Louis, and Chicago, before the Bruins return to Boston.

The defenseman missed 13 games with the initial injury, and acknowledged recently that he was likely to need surgery on the shoulder in the offseason. He has not fought since the injury, saying that doctors had recommended he stay away from fisticuffs due to the potential for reinjury.

The Bruins have not called up a defenseman from Providence at this point.

Miller has played in 41 games this season, his second in the NHL, averaging 18:02 of ice time. He has two goals and five assists, and had been elevated to the top pairing with Zdeno Chara at times in recent days. He also leads the team in plus/minus at plus-20.


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