The Boston Bruins blue line, once showing pretty significant depth, is now looking a little thin. Already missing defensive mainstay Adam McQuaid to a lower body injury, it appears now the Bruins will be without Dennis Seidenberg as well.
Seidenberg, one of the team’s top defenders, went down early during Tuesday night’s game against the New York Rangers. His injury wasn’t disclosed right away, however it wasn’t long before it was announced he wouldn’t return to the game. Though coach Claude Julien claims Seidenberg’s ailment is day-to-day, he also confirmed the German blue-liner won’t be in the lineup tonight as Boston hosts the St. Louis Blues.
“As far as tonight, he’s not in,” Julien said. “He’s day-to-day and he’s working out. It’s probably one of those situations, I would put it, more or less, could be seven days, maybe less.”
Boston recently called up defenseman Kevan Miller from the Providence Bruins on an emergency basis to make up for Seidenberg’s loss. Despite being forced to call up a minor-leaguer, the Bruins did receive some good news regarding McQuaid’s injury status. Though he won’t be on the ice tonight against the Blues, he may be ready to suit up for Saturday’s bout against the Carolina Hurricanes.
“He’s not quite 100 percent yet, so he’s a possibility for next game but not tonight,” Julien said of McQuaid.
His official status will have a lot to do with how he handles practice tomorrow. If McQuaid can skate with no issue, expect him to make his return Saturday. If not, the Bruins will be forced to keep Miller on the roster for the time being.