Seidenberg (leg laceration) out tonight

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins will be without the services of defenseman Dennis Seidenberg (leg laceration) Thursday night when the team hosts the Washington Capitals at TD Garden.

According to Bruins coach Claude Julien, Seidenberg suffered the laceration when a skate blade cut him last Saturday in Los Angeles, and it has now become infected. He was able to play the last two games, but the team’s medical staff thought it best to keep him out.

“They stitched it up and everything was good, but a little infection has gotten into it now,” explained Julien. “He’s on antibiotics, and to play it safe, we’re going to keep him out [tonight]. He’s day to day and it’s not long term.”

With Seidenberg absent from the lineup, Joe Corvo will be back on the ice against the Capitals. He’s been a healthy scratch for the last six games.

“Joe was pulled out when our team wasn’t going well,” Julien said. “I’m not saying it was easy to pick on him. Joe does a lot of good things offensively, and he makes good plays, he skates well, and that’s something our team has always needed.

“He’s as mobile as any defenseman we have here, probably one of the best, and he skates the puck up the ice well, also. He’s got a lot of good assets to his game, and the fact that he was pulled out when we weren’t going well, I know a lot of people have kind of assumed he’s the one that was the weak link. He wasn’t, and hopefully he has an opportunity to show that tonight.”

Seidenberg could be back in the lineup on Saturday against the New York Islanders.

“Hopefully we’ll have him next game,” Julien said.

Seidenberg missed the final four games of the 2009-2010 regular season, and all of the playoffs, after he suffered a lacerated tendon in his forearm.