NEW YORK -- After skating again on Wednesday afternoon during an optional practice at Madison Square Garden, Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg indicated "there's a chance" he could play in Game 4 Thursday night against the New York Rangers.
However, the Bruins -- up 3-0 in the best-of-seven series -- also would like to avoid aggravating Seidenberg's lower-body injury by having him return too early.
Claude Julien would only say that Seidenberg and Wade Redden are "getting better every day" while working toward a return. Andrew Ference hasn't been on the ice yet, but Julien also indicated he's making steady progress from a left foot injury.
The emergence of Torey Krug, Matt Bartkowski and Dougie Hamilton has certainly lessened the urgency to get their injured defensemen back back on the ice.
Seidenberg admitted that it's been difficult to watch the first three games of the series vs. the Blueshirts, but he doesn't want to make things worse.
"I'm feeling better," Seidenberg said. "I went a little harder in practice today, and I felt okay. Watching games is always the toughest part … not being a part of it. It's not fun. There's a chance (I'll play) for sure, but you don't want to come back too early.
"We need to see how it feels tomorrow, and then go from there."
One thing is certain with Seidenberg: He will be slotted back into the B's lineup next to Zdeno Chara on the top shutdown pair as soon as he's able to play. But it makes little sense for the Bruins to rush him now, when they're poised to knock off the Rangers and give the German defenseman much more rest prior to the Eastern Conference Finals.