The Boston Bruins have been holding strong this season while dealing with the loss of various players due to injury or suspension.
The team is still missing the services of offseason acquisition Loui Eriksson thanks to his second concussion of the season. Meanwhile, enforcer Shawn Thornton is currently serving his 15-game suspension for attacking Brooks Orpik of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Thornton attempted to appeal the suspension, but NHL commissioner Gary Bettman rejected it.
Last night, as the Bruins hosted the Ottawa Senators, they saw the return of defenseman Adam McQuaid and forward Daniel Paille from their respective ailments. It was definitely positive news for a team needing bodies back on the ice.
However, just as Boston was welcoming back two of their own, they lost another. This time, it was blue-liner Dennis Seidenberg. Midway through the third period, Seidenberg got his leg tangled with Ottawa forward Cory Conacher. He left the game as a result, and not long after the game, he was ruled out of the back end of this home-and-home series with Ottawa tonight.
“He’s being evaluated right now,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said.
It’s quite upsetting news for Boston, as this will be Seidenberg’s second trip to the disabled list this season. He suffered a lower-body injury last month that saw him miss four games. He also took a puck to the jaw during the Bruins’ December 12 win against the Edmonton Oilers, but played out the rest of that contest.
The length of time Seidenberg will miss is still being determined, but the Bruins have to be encouraged by how well they’ve been playing throughout this season despite continually seeing players get hurt. Though they’ll certainly be rooting for a quick return from the German defenseman, the first few months of this season have shown Boston can endure things like this and still play well.