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Bruins' Bartkowski, Miller scratched for Game 1

Friday, 04.18.2014 / 7:38 PM

By Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent / Bruins-Red Wings series blog

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Bruins' Bartkowski, Miller scratched for Game 1

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins went into Game 1 of their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Detroit Red Wings on Friday minus two of their expected top six defensemen.

Matt Bartkowski, who didn't practice all week, and Kevan Miller, who only made an appearance at one practice, were scratched for the series opener. It's unknown whether each is injured or a victim of the flu bug that Bruins coach Claude Julien said hit the team. Miller missed two games in early April but played the final three games of the regular season.

In their place, the Bruins dressed veteran defensemen Andrej Meszaros and Corey Potter.

The Bruins also scratched forwards Daniel Paille (head) and Chris Kelly (back). Neither player practiced this week, although Paille took a solo skate Friday.

Forward Jordan Caron and Justin Florek replaced Paille and Kelly in the lineup.

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