BOSTON - Defenseman Colin Miller is expected to return to the lineup on Wednesday night for Game 4 against the Ottawa Senators at TD Garden.
Miller left Game 1 with a lower-body injury and missed the ensuing two games as result.
"I'm ready to go. We'll see at game time, what happens, but I feel good," Miller said on Wednesday morning after taking part in the team's optional pregame skate.
"That's the plan that he'll go in tonight," said Interim Head Coach Bruce Cassidy. "Obviously we'll make that [decision] at game time, but he looks like he's ready to go, so he'll go in with John [Michael] Liles, and Tommy [Cross] would come out."
While the back end stayed strong in the absence of Miller, Torey Krug, Brandon Carlo and Adam McQuaid, the blueline will no doubt get a boost.
"Hopefully a bit of a lift, but I mean, we're not going to change much - I think the guys did a great job," said Miller. "And after the start the other day, I don't think we really gave up a whole lot, so we've got to come out ready to play tonight."
The Bruins will look to even up the series at 2-2 with a win on Wednesday before the series shifts to Ottawa for Game 5.
"There's not really much else to say," said Miller. "It's a huge game and it will be a turning point in the series for sure."
Getting the Series Tied
The Black & Gold aren't necessarily changing their approach, based on the fact that they are down 2-1 in the series. After two straight overtime losses, the Bruins know they have been right there each night.
The keys will be managing the puck better - especially at the start of the game - limiting the Senators' chances, and getting that first goal to put the Senators on their heels.
"Every game is a new game. Clearly, we didn't like the last one ended, but it's done," said Cassidy. "We addressed some things [Tuesday] on the ice, off the ice that we want to keep doing well, some things that we need to improve on. I think every coach will tinker a little bit if things don't go their way."
"But, the approach doesn't change much. We need to win four before they do. That's been the mentality from the puck drop in Ottawa when the series started, and we're one behind now," said Cassidy.
"This one is obviously important, but it's one game and our guys have been through a bit of this. A few weeks ago, we lost a couple of close games, and we battled through it and went on a winning streak. So, we're certainly capable in the room. We're a confident group."
"It stared with a good, solid defensive effort up in Long Island that got us going. It's probably the game we're going to need to play tonight," Cassidy continued. "Limit their chances and play on our toes and get this thing turned around."
Projected Lineup April 19 - Game 4
Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - David Backes
Drew Stafford - David Krejci - David Pastrnak
Tim Schaller - Ryan Spooner - Frank Vatrano
Dominic Moore - Riley Nash - Noel Acciari
Zdeno Chara - Charlie McAvoy
Joe Morrow - Kevan Miller
John-Michael Liles - Colin Miller
Starting Goaltender: Tuukka Rask // Backup: Anton Khudobin
Extra Skaters: Jimmy Hayes, Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson, Sean Kuraly, Tommy Cross
Injured: Torey Krug (lower body), Brandon Carlo (upper body), Adam McQuaid (upper body)
Video: Bruins gear up for Game 4, look to tie series