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Something You Didn’t Know About Kevan Miller

Have you overlooked this part of his game?

NHL: Boston Bruins at Pittsburgh Penguins Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Much to the Bruins’ fans delights, Boston has not spent more time in the box than their opponents this season. The Bruins have drawn 200 penalties, and have taken 200 as well.

The Bruins have always had relatively poor penalty differentials. Since the 2008-09 season where the Bruins had a +12 penalty differential, the Bruins have only had one season with a positive penalty differential (2010-11, +2). In fact, since the start of the 2008-09 season, the Bruins have a -189 penalty differential.

There may be many reasons behind this. For one, Bruce Cassidy’s team has played with far more speed than recent years, which is the leading cause to penalties. However, one player that has helped the cause, is Kevan Miller.

Defensemen normally have a negative penalty differential. That is partly because they aren’t put in attacking situations as often, and the only real chance of drawing a penalty, is a board or cross-check while recovering the puck.

But Kevan Miller has shined among his peers. Of all of the defensemen who’ve played 400 minutes in the NHL so far this season, Miller sits 5th in penalties drawn per 60 minutes at 0.95.

Although he has taken one more penalty than he has drawn, he leads regular Bruins defensemen in penalty differential. Bruins defensemen, as a group, are a combined -40. Miller’s ability to draw penalties has helped make up for his 14 penalties taken.