BOSTON -- Injured Boston Bruins defensemen Dennis Seidenberg and Wade Redden participated in the team’s practice Monday morning at TD Garden and both will make the trip to New York in advance of Tuesday’s Game 3 against the Rangers.
Bruins coach Claude Julien said Seidenberg (lower body) and Redden (undisclosed) are getting closer to returning, but the coach won’t know until game day whether one or both will be available for the Game 3 tilt at Madison Square Garden.
“Whether it’s next game or not, we’ll see how he feels tomorrow,” Julien said of Seidenberg.
For Redden, things seemed to look promising.
“Not too bad,” Redden said. “It’s day-to-day still. I’ve got to talk with [the medical staff] and see where we’re at, but it’s progressing good.”
The status of injured defenseman Andrew Ference (foot) doesn’t look nearly as promising. He hasn’t played since May 10 and was seen last week in a walking boot.
Once the medical staff gives the players clearance to return to game action, Julien will then make a decision on his lineup. Given the way young defensemen Matt Bartkowski, Torey Krug and Dougie Hamilton have contributed, Julien will have a tough call.
“The best thing to do is cross that bridge once you get to it,” Julien said. “To prognosticate about it right now is a lot of wasted time where I could be putting it on different areas of our game. When that time comes, whether it’s tomorrow morning or whatever, I’ll be ready to make the decision. That’s what they want me to do as a coach and that’s what I keep doing, whether it’s right or wrong.”
Redden’s been impressed with the young defensemen.
“They’ve been really solid,” said the veteran. “They’ve done a great job. Krug’s scored a couple of big goals for us and Bart’s been solid playing a lot of minutes. They play well and obviously it’s their first kick at it and they’ve got the ability and they’ve stepped right in and done a great job.”