BOSTON – The Bruins look to continue their recent dominance in the TD Garden as they take on a Carolina Hurricanes squad sitting at 3-6-0 on the road. After beating the Hurricanes in Charlotte earlier this week, the Bruins are looking to bounce back after a tough loss to the St. Louis Blues.
“I thought it was a real fun game to watch,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said. “Everything, form my end, except for that extra point that I thought we should have had.”
One of the silver linings from that loss was the NHL debut from defenseman Kevan Miller. Miller, who was called up to replace an injured Dennis Seidenberg, impressed his coach, helming a 20-year old backline that managed a tie before a 3-2 shootout loss.
“Kevan Miller played extremely well,” Claude Julien said. “He’s a defensive defenseman who makes good strong plays; he did that tonight. He was strong, I really liked his game. I thought he was a poised player out there for his first real NHL game.”
The 26-year-old played 17:42 which was more than rookie partner Torey Krug and enough time to be on the ice for Carl Soderberg’s equalizer in the third period.
“I mean right away there was a pause in the beginning there, and it took me a little bit to get going, but I felt pretty comfortable through all three periods,” Miller said after the game. “I think overall I handled the puck pretty well. I tried to be physical when I could and just do the single plays so I’m happy with it.”
While Miller is rather old for a rookie, he has no complaints about his journey to the NHL.
“To be an eighth defenseman is all good and dandy I just I know the organization felt it was best for me to continue to play games and develop down [in Providence] and I completely agree with that,” Miller said. “I think that’s helped me a long way.”