The Bruins held off-ice workouts to prepare for their next game, Friday night against the Islanders at TD Garden, and that meant more rest for defenseman Dennis Seidenberg, who has missed the last two games with a lower-body injury. The German rearguard will again be a game-time decision Friday.
“I feel good. I didn't go on the ice today, got some more rest. We'll see tomorrow how it feels in pre-game skate, and after that we'll make the decision,” Seidenberg told the media Thursday.
According to Seidenberg, this time off is more precautionary than a reflection of his injury.
“If it were the playoffs -- the games are all big -- but if it were the playoffs, I probably could play, but just looking at the schedule with so many games coming up, you just want to be smart about it and don't force it,” Seidenberg said.
Head coach Claude Julien concurred that he and his staff are taking the cautious approach.
“Seidenberg didn't skate today because nobody did. Otherwise, he would have been on the ice with everybody else, Julien told the media. “Again, he's been a day-to-day situation. That hasn't changed. If he's practicing, you know he's that close to it. A lot of it at this time of year is about us making the right decision for the long haul vs. the short term.”