Seidenberg, McQuaid make trip to Detroit, may play

Seidenberg, McQuaid make trip to Detroit, may play
November 26, 2013, 10:15 pm
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WILMINGTON – While both Dennis Seidenberg and Adam McQuaid will make the trip to Detroit, it’s not expected that both blue liners will be returning to the Black and Gold lineup after injury absences. Both players were full participants in Tuesday’s practice at Ristuccia Arena, and Claude Julien said both could be game time decisions against a Red Wings team that will be without Pavel Datsyuk (concussion) at Joe Louis Arena on Wednesday night.

“They’re both going to make the trip with us, and they’ll both be on the ice with us tomorrow morning. We’ll see where they are at that point,” said Claude Julien. “We’ll make that decision then.

“I think McQuaid is inching closer, but I don’t think that means the other guy won’t be ready either. [Seidenberg] felt really good today, so we’ll see how he feels tomorrow.”

It was Seidenberg’s first practice session since suffering the lower body injury, and it might be a bit of a push to get him back in the lineup. But McQuaid has been practicing for nearly a week, and is the much safer bet to make a return vs. the Wings while feeling pretty close to ready whenever the Bruins training staff gives him clearance.

“I’m hoping that I’ll at least be an option anyway. I keep saying the same thing, but every day it really is getting better every day,” said McQuaid. “That’s what you’re hoping for. I’m hoping to at least be in the equation to play.”

Perhaps the advanced play of Kevan Miller is speeding up the healing process as he’s impressed the Bruins coaching staff in his three NHL games, and has at least partially proven that he’s ready for regular NHL duty as a stay-at-home defenseman. It was a little eye-opening that Miller was out on the ice with Zdeno Chara as the defensemen pairing at the end of the third period when Julien went with his best defensive players attempting to protect a one-goal lead with Marc-Andre Fleury pulled for the extra skater.

That kind of competition from an injury substitute can definitely raise the urgency level for players that are close to making a return to the lineup.