Seidenberg unlikely tonight; Redden iffy

NEW YORK -- Speaking for the first time since he suffered a lower-body injury that has caused him to miss the first two games of an Eastern Conference semifinal series against the New York Rangers, Boston Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg is still uncertain about when he’ll be able to return to the lineup.

“It’s tough to say how it comes along,” said Seidenberg, who has essentially been ruled out for Game 3 Tuesday. “Today, I felt pretty good, better than the last couple of days. It’s definitely a step forward, but it’s tough to say when I can return. We’ll see how it goes in practice tomorrow and then we’ll make a decision then.”

The veteran blueliner suffered the injury during his first shift of Game 7 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. He attempted another shift but lasted only six seconds on the ice. He remained on the bench for the first and second periods, taking an occasional twirl during TV timeouts, but finally decided to shut it down during the second intermission of that game after the pain would not subside.

“You try everything, right?” he said. “You don’t want to give up right away even though it looked like it. You don’t want to realize that it doesn’t work anymore, so you just have to hope, but obviously it didn’t work out.”

This isn’t the first time Seidenberg has been watching from press level during the playoffs due to injury. In 2010, he suffered a late-season arm injury and missed the playoffs.

“It’s really nerve-racking,” he said. “Watching games is tough. Watching games is never fun; you always want to be a part of it and help the team win. It’s something I don’t enjoy, obviously.”

While Seidenberg and fellow defensemen Wade Redden (undisclosed) and Andrew Ference (lower body) have been sidelined with injuries, rookies Matt Bartkowski, Torey Krug and Dougie Hamilton have played well in the veterans’ absence.

“They’ve been real impressive,” Seidenberg said. “They’ve been really poised with the puck. It’s really nice to have that backup, and for those young guys to step in, stay calm and perform the way they did, or have, it’s comforting.”

According to Bruins coach Claude Julien, Redden might participate in the Game 3 pregame warm-up Tuesday night.