WILMINGTON — Good morning from Ristuccia Arena, where the Bruins are back on the ice for a full squad practice.
— Zdeno Chara, he of the broken nose, was out there with the cage on his helmet. Head coach Claude Julien confirmed that Chara will be in the lineup tomorrow night against Buffalo, and that the defenseman underwent “minor surgery” yesterday.
— With the breaking news this morning that Dennis Seidenberg will be out eight weeks with a lacerated tendon in his left forearm (so much for that “day to day” prognosis), another shuffling of the defensive pairings is in the mix. Based on today’s practice, it’s likely that Johnny Boychuk or Dennis Wideman could get the bump up to the first pairing.
“It’s pretty obvious he’s a tough individual,” Julien said of Seidenberg. “So for him to not be able to go, we knew that something might have been, and obviously it was, wrong. The diagnosis we got from Toronto was obviously not the same diagnosis we got here.”
— Andrew Ference skated again, making it seven defensemen on the ice along with Matt Hunwick, Adam McQuaid, and Andrew Bodnarchuk, but don’t expect him in the lineup tomorrow night. Ference remains “day to day”, according to Julien, but he likely won’t be back until playoff time.
— Mark Recchi is this year’s Boston nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, as voted on by the Boston chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association. The award is annually given to the NHL player who best exemplifies perseverence, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey.
— The top three lines from Monday’s loss in Washington — Lucic-Bergeron-Recchi, Sturm-Krejci-Satan, and Wheeler-Sobotka-Ryder — remained the same. Trent Whitfield, Steve Begin, Brad Marchand, Dan Paille, and Shawn Thornton all donned the maroon sweaters, sharing time on the fourth line.