Redden practices, will be a game time decision for Game 6

Redden practices, will be a game time decision for Game 6
May 11, 2013, 3:30 pm
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Wade Redden's absence was felt on a number of key plays in the Bruins' Game 5 loss.

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BOSTON -- It wasn’t thought to be a major injury situation to defenseman Wade Redden, and he was back out on the ice skating during an optional Bruins practice at TD Garden on Saturday morning.

The 35-year-old Redden has two points (one goal, one assist) and a plus-2 while averaging 15 minutes of ice time in four playoff games against the Maple Leafs, but was missing from the 2-1 loss in Game 5 with an undisclosed issue that has him “day-to-day” for the Bruins. He didn’t look to be hobbled while skating around on Saturday, and appeared to have already made a big improvement from the last couple of days.

“I think we’ve turned the corner with it, so that’s a very good sign,” said Redden, after going through a full team practice signifying good things in a comeback from injury. “It felt pretty good. I've been felling better, so that's a positive. But it's game-day decision.”

Is it an upper body or a lower body injury?

“One of those,” Redden said with a smile on his face. “We're going to keep 'er under wraps, and I'm sure you guys are appreciative of all that goes on there.”

The play that led to Toronto’s shorthanded goal had everything to do with Redden’s absence with Andrew Ference subbing in for him at the right point position on the power play – and subsequently flubbing the puck as he tried to make a quick cross-ice pass under heavy pressure. But Claude Julien said the specific defensemen pairings for Game 5 had little to do with the outcome, and he’s technically correct on that point.

“Last night’s pairing had nothing to do with our game. We were not moving the puck well at all from the back end to the front end, and [had] a lot of turnovers. We played to their strength. To me it had nothing to do with the pairings because there was a lot of guys out on the ice besides Bartkowski, who was replacing [Redden].

“The pairings had really nothing to do with the outcome of the game. I think it was more our team as a whole, but [Wade [Redden] has been a good player for us so far in the playoffs. Poise, good posture, good vision, stuff like that. Did we miss that part of his game? Yeah, we did.”

Redden isn’t a green light for Sunday night’s Game 6 at the Air Canada Centre yet, but it would certainly help the cause of the Black and Gold if he can get to that point by the pregame warm-up.

Who would have thought that would be an important question in the playoffs when the Bruins executed a trade deadline with the St. Louis Blues for Redden little more than a month ago?