On a day the Bruins welcomed Brandon Carlo back to practice, they received more bad news.
Kevan Miller will miss at least five weeks, the club said, with a throat injury.
The 31-year-old defenseman spent Monday night in a downtown Toronto hospital, after a puck rode up his stick and hit him under the chin late in the first period of Monday’s 4-2 loss to the Leafs at Scotiabank Arena. Initial X-rays were negative, and Miller remained in the hospital for observation, in case the injury swelled to the point it would impact his breathing.
A CT scan in the hospital revealed a cartilage injury to his larynx, the team said, a matter confirmed upon his return to Boston. Miller, who was absent from the team’s Wednesday practice, will miss Thursday’s game against the New York Islanders.
More frustration for Miller, who has played in 11 of the Bruins’ 24 games this season. He missed a month (13 games) with a busted right hand after blocking a shot Oct. 18 in Edmonton. Since returning to the Bruins’ battered back line Nov. 21 in Detroit, Miller has logged 21:58, 27:01, 23:42 and 7:01.
Carlo, an undisclosed ailment preventing him from suiting up the last seven games, practiced with the team and did not appear limited. Coach Bruce Cassidy was expected to address his status after practice.
Carlo was playing well before an upper-body injury Nov. 10 against Toronto. Following that game, Cassidy said Carlo played through a bump he took in the latter part of the match.
If neither Miller nor Carlo can go Thursday, possible replacements include Steven Kampfer (from the press box) or Jakub Zboril (from AHL Providence).
Jake DeBrusk, who took a friendly-fire shot to the back of the helmet in Monday’s game, returned to practice.
Near the left post, DeBrusk tangled with Leafs defenseman Nikita Zaitsev, who dumped him to the ice. From 10 to 12 feet away, linemate Danton Heinen fired a wrister that nailed DeBrusk in the back of the helmet. DeBrusk shook it off and finished the game, taking a shift with the Bruins, down 3-2, trying to produce a six-on-five goal.
DeBrusk entered the game with three goals in four games, and five in his last six.