WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Dennis Seidenberg watched Mark Stuart go through all kinds of trouble and scary worst case scenarios two years ago with an infection in his hand, so he didnt waste any time when he noticed redness and swelling around a six-inch gash on his left leg.
The infection appeared days after the skate blade of Tim Thomas had cut open the German defenseman in their victory over the Los Angeles Kings, and the Bruins medical staff immediately put him on IV antibiotics.
The infected cut has caused Seidenberg to miss at least one game against the Washington Capitals, but the blueliner said hes a strong possibility for at least one of the games against the New York teams this weekend. The Bruins face the Islanders on Saturday and the Rangers on Sunday, and Seidenberg said its a matter of when hes cleared by team doctors.
Theyre taking a look at it every day and when it looks good enough theyll let me play. I feel fine and this is precautionary, said Seidenberg, who will be on oral antibiotics for the next week to effectively knock out the infection. I told the doctors as soon as I saw the redness around the cut, so it seems like we caught it early.
With Adam McQuaid out for the weekend after suffering a cut over his eye and Seidenberg potentially out Saturday against the Islanders, it may provide an opportunity for both Joe Corvo and Mike Mottau to get a little playing time moving forward. But with Seidenbergs status day-to-day, it appears that hell be back in that top D pairing with Zdeno Chara sooner rather than later.
Seidenberg is day-to-day. Hes feeling good. Its not a matter of injury as much as its making sure the infection is taking care of properly, said Claude Julien. We need to be cautious so he doesnt take a step back. The doctors will keep checking it on a daily basis, and when they feel comfortable theyll give me the green flag to put him in.