NEW YORK (CBS) – Injured Boston Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg ramped up his skating on Wednesday, and said it’s possible he could play in Thursday’s Game 4 against the New York Rangers.
“There’s a chance, for sure. But again you don’t want to come back too early, so we’ll see how it feels tomorrow and go from there,” the defenseman said after skating for roughly 40 minutes at Boston’s Wednesday practice.
Seidenberg has been sidelined since Boston’s Game 7 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs last series, leaving the deciding game after just two shifts with a lower body injury.
Head coach Claude Julien said he would wait until Thursday to make any decision on Seidenberg and fellow injured blue-liner Wade Redden, but said they are both progressing nicely to a return.
“Every day they’re better,” said Julien. “I like the direction both those guys are going in right now.”
Seidenberg is a big part to Boston’s defense, but they’ve jumped out to a 3-0 series lead over New York thanks to spectacular play from rookie defensemen Torey Krug and Matt Bartkowski.
While he is enjoying the success of the young blue-liners, Seidenberg wants to get back out there and help his team. He already had to watch his Bruins in the Eastern Conference Semis back in 2010 after suffering a wrist injury, so he’s getting a little antsy to get back on the ice.
“It’s always the same; you don’t like sitting out,” he said. “It’s not fun watching games. I definitely want to be back in there and help.”
Should Seidenberg or Redden return, Julien will have a tough decision to make with the rookies playing so well. But it’s only a tough decision because of Boston’s strong depth, something Julien doesn’t mind at all.
“I like those; I’ve always said that,” said Julien. “That means you have some options. When you don’t have decisions to make that’s because you don’t have options.”
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