Bruins' Wideman back on the ice

WILMINGTON -- Defenseman Dennis Wideman returned to the Bruins for practice Monday at Ristuccia Arena.

Wideman had not been with the club since suffering a shoulder injury Oct. 10 when he was pushed into the boards by Matt Moulson of the New York Islanders.

"I did pretty much everything (during practice)," Wideman said. "There were a couple drills that I didn't really do or took a little bit easy. But things felt good."

Wideman was optimistic he'd be able to play against Nashville Wednesday at TD Garden. If so, the Bruins would be back to seven available defensemen, and coach Claude Julien would have to decide who to sit. Johnny Boychuk, who was a healthy scratch for the first four games, has played well since replacing Wideman in the lineup.

Three other Bruins were not on the ice Monday. Center Marc Savard and winger Shawn Thornton were given "maintenance days" by Julien, while forward Guillaume Lefebvre got the day off because of his heavy travel schedule over the weekend. Lefebvre played for the Bruins' Providence (AHL) farm club Friday, flew to Phoenix to play for Boston Saturday, and then went back to Providence for Sunday afternoon's P-Bruins game.