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Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Julien: Krug and McQuaid 'day-to-day'

By Joe McDonald

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Following the Bruins’ practice Tuesday morning at Ristuccia Arena, Claude Julien described the status of defensemen Torey Krug and Adam McQuaid as day-to-day.

McQuaid recently returned to the lineup after missing eight games with a lower-body injury. He has played the last three games, including Saturday’s 3-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets, where at one point late in the game he skated gingerly off the ice.

“Mac kind of re-aggravated his injury. When he came back he was 100 percent and he re-aggravated it a little bit, so he’s managing that," said Julien. "With Torey, when I say ‘day-to-day’ it’s more managing a situation because of the amount of days off we have. We hope to see him back on the ice tomorrow or for Thursday’s game.”

Krug blocked a shot during Saturday’s win and was clearly in pain afterward, but he was able to continue playing.

Due to both not being able to practice Tuesday, the Bruins recalled defenseman Kevan Miller from Providence. He recently played three games for the Bruins during his first stint in the NHL when both McQuaid and Dennis Seidenberg were sidelined.

Julien said he's impressed with the way Miller, who went undrafted before Boston signed him as a free agent, handles himself both on and off the ice.

“It starts at the top and we’re a group of people that we don’t care where you’re drafted, whether first round or a free agent, if you are deserving of playing or deserving of a call-up, you’re going to get it. If you’re deserving of more ice time, you’re going to get it. It all revolves around your play.

During Tuesday’s practice, Miller was paired with Matt Bartkowski.

“If I get the call, I’ll be ready to go,” Miller said.