Julien: Ference 'improving,' still not skating

NEW YORK -- While injured Boston Bruins defensemen Dennis Seidenberg (lower body) and Wade Redden (undisclosed) have been skating with the team in hopes of returning to the lineup in the near future, fellow blueliner Andrew Ference hasn't been able to skate.

"He's doing OK. He's improving," said Bruins coach Claude Julien. "Although you haven't seen him on the ice, he's better. I haven't talked to our trainers about a return date to the ice but I think it's getting closer all the time."

The veteran defenseman suffered a lower-body injury in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against the Toronto Maple Leafs.