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Wideman expected to play Thursday

Boston Bruins defenseman Dennis Wideman is scheduled to be in the lineup Thursday night at TD Garden against Toronto. Wideman missed the third period of the Bruins' previous game, last Saturday also against the Leafs, with what was termed a lower-body injury. He did not practice with his teammates this week but did skate on his own under the watch of strength and conditioning coach John Whitesides.

"As far I know, I'm playing tonight. I feel good," said Wideman after the Bruins' morning skate

In 26 games this season, Wideman has posted 2-7-9 totals and a minus-2 rating.

Defenseman Derek Morris also missed some practice time this week but returned to action Wednesday and skated Thursday morning. He is also expected to play against the Leafs.