No Stuart, no practice

Bruns defenseman Mark Stuart remains home in Boston today, still being treated for a sudden flareup of cellulitis on one of his hands that Friday night sent him to a Toronto hospital emergency room for diagnosis and treatment of the bothersome, often painful, skin infection.

Boston coach Claude Julien said Saturday that he hoped Stuart would be available for Monday night’s game in D.C. vs. the Caps, but that may prove to be overly optimistic. For now, consider Stuart questionable for Monday’s game.

Julien ordered his tired squad to remain off the ice Sunday, following Saturday’s 2-1 overtime win over Toronto (Miro Satan the winning tip of a Zdeno Chara slapper).

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Dennis Seidenberg, who suffered a deep gash around his left wrist and exited play for good midway through the first period Saturday, accompanied the club on its flight to Washington after the game. He is probable for the Caps game.

According to Julien, Seidenberg only required stitches for the gash and did not suffer any bone or other soft-tissue (tendon, cartilage, etc.) damage in the ugly mishap.

No word on how the Black-and-Gold pandas are enjoying the spring at the National Zoo.

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