Seidenberg not expected for Game 7

BOSTON -- For anyone wondering whether Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg would make a surprise appearance in Game 7 against the Montreal Canadiens, Bruins coach Claude Julien seemed to dismiss the idea Wednesday morning.

When he was asked after the team’s morning skate, Julien hesitated and smiled before answering the question.

“I don’t think so,” Julien said.

Reporter responded: “That’s not a no.”

Julien fired back: “I’d be very surprised.”

Seidenberg has been sidelined since Dec. 27 when he tore both his ACL and MCL in his right knee. He had surgery on Jan. 7 and has been skating for the last five weeks. He was cleared for contact drills on Monday in Montreal. If the Bruins advance to the Eastern Conference finals and beyond, it’s a strong possibility Seidenberg could return to the lineup.