Bruins coach Claude Julien said defenseman Wade Redden, who skated with the team in Saturday’s practice at TD Garden, would likely be a “game-time decision” for Sunday’s Game 2 against the New York Rangers, while the status of Dennis Seidenberg, who skated before practice, remained uncertain.
Julien did seem to effectively rule out Andrew Ference, who was not spotted with the team on the ice Saturday morning.
Redden, meanwhile, put in his work in an attempt to help bolster Boston’s injury-riddled corps of defensemen.
“It was good to get back out on the ice again and be with the guys and be a part of a practice and starting to feel better,” said Redden, who did not play in Monday night’s 3-2 overtime victory in Game 1 because of an undisclosed injury.
If Redden gets the nod from Julien to play, the veteran defenseman will likely displace one of the three youngsters — Tory Krug, Dougie Hamilton or Matt Bartkowski — who were forced to step up and log significant ice time in the absence of Seidenberg, Ference and Redden.
“Oh, they were great,” Redden said, in his evaluation of the work done by Krug, Hamilton and Bartkowski. “The young guys stepped in and played strong. I mean, obviously Big Z [captain Zdeno Chara] led the way. He’s been carrying the weight, a lot of it. I think it’s just a group going out there and getting it done. No matter who’s dressed, you got to have that same attitude.”
Seidenberg skated privately before practice with strength and conditioning coach John Whitesides. While Julien did not rule out the possibility of Seidenberg being available to play Sunday afternoon, the B’s coach seemed to rule out Ference, who did not skate with the team.
“I don’t know the situation with him, with Seidenberg obviously doing better,” Julien said. “I don’t anticipate him being ready for [Sunday], but with the injury he’s got, you never know. As far as Ference is concerned, he hasn’t skated yet so he won’t be in there tomorrow.”