Redden a 'game time decision', Seidenberg skates

Redden a 'game time decision', Seidenberg skates
May 18, 2013, 1:30 pm
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Claude Julien termed Redden a “game time decision” for Sunday afternoon’s Game 2.

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BOSTON – Wade Redden made a return to the practice ice on Saturday in a good sign of impending health for the Boston Bruins lineup, but there’s no guarantee the veteran defenseman will be anything more than a game time decision for Game 2.

Redden was limited in practice and skated with spare defenseman Aaron Johnson, while Claude Julien kept the defensemen pairings the exact same in practice as they were in Thursday night’s opener with the Rangers.

Redden was a little more guarded in his expectations, and simply said he was feeling better while answering “no” when asked if he would have been ready to play on Saturday.

“It’s coming. It feels good to be out there,” said Redden, who has a goal and an assist in 5 playoff games for the Bruins along with a plus-2 rating. “Hopefully I’ll make enough improvement to be out in the warm-up, and at that point it becomes the coach’s choice. I wasn’t doing everything out there [at practice], but it’s still day-to-day and hopefully things keep progressing.”

Claude Julien termed Redden a “game time decision” for Sunday afternoon’s Game 2, and ruled Andrew Ference out for Sunday as he continues to hobble around with a protective boot on his left foot. Dennis Seidenberg skated with Bruins strength and conditioning guru John Whitesides prior to practice, and appears to be nearing a return as well. But it’s likely Seidenberg won’t be ready for duty until he becomes a full participant in practice, as Redden was for the first time on Saturday.

Julien gave a playoff-style coy answer when asked for an update on Zdeno Chara’s German shutdown partner, the recovering Seidenberg.

“We don’t expect that he’s going to play, but you never know,” said Julien.

During practice the Bruins kept the same defensemen pairings together from Game 1, which means there’s a pretty good chance that the “Three Little Baby Bears” will get a chance to show that their first game against the Rangers wasn’t a one-hit wonder. Torey Krug, Dougie Hamilton and Matt Bartkowski were all among the top six defensemen for the Black and Gold.

Here are the expected line combos and defenseman pairings after Saturday morning’s practice session at TD Garden: