McQuaid, Seidenberg both out tonight vs. St. Louis

McQuaid, Seidenberg both out tonight vs. St. Louis
November 21, 2013, 12:45 pm
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Adam McQuaid was on the ice for the first time with his teammates after missing the B’s just concluded three-game road trip, but he and Dennis Seidenberg will both miss the Thursday night matchup against the St. Louis Blues.

“He’s not quite 100 percent,” said Julien of McQuaid. “He’s a possibility for the next game.”

That means Kevan Miller is in line to make his first NHL start after being called up on emergency recall from the AHL Providence Bruins after Seidenberg went down Tuesday night against the New York Rangers.

Per Julien, Adam McQuaid “isn’t quite ready to play”, but could be ready to play Saturday night at home against the Carolina Hurricanes. Seidenberg is day-to-day with a lower body injury, and Julien said the timetable is “more or less seven days from the time of the injury”, which would put him out for at least the next three games against the Blues, Hurricanes and Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday.

“He’s not in tonight. He’s day-to-day and working out,” said Julien, of Seidenberg. “We’ll see tonight how good [the young defensemen] corps is tonight, but we also got a chance to see it last year in the playoffs against New York.”

It would appear that Miller will play the McQuaid role alongside Torey Krug, and that means a steady dose of 20 plus minutes of ice time for Dougie Hamilton and Matt Bartkowski. If it goes anything like the five game playoff series against the Blueshirts last spring, then the B’s should be more than okay against a St. Louis Blues hockey club that’s been among the best out of a stacked Western Conference this season.

Here are the line combinations and defensemen pairings based on morning skate with Tuukka Rask expected to get the start for his third game in four nights after being the first goalie off the TD Garden ice at morning skate: