BOSTON -- It looks like the Bruins might go another game without both Adam McQuaid and Dennis Seidenberg in the lineup.
Both banged up blueliners were skating as the B’s extra pairing at the Monday morning skate at TD Garden, but Seidenberg skated prior to his teammates joining him on the ice, and was pulled off in the middle of the team skate after he'd been on the ice for 45 minutes.
Claude Julien sounded optimistic about McQuaid’s chances following the morning skate, but the safe bet is that the rangy, stay-at-home defenseman stays out at least one more game for good measure.
“He’s getting closer,” said Claude Julien, of McQuaid. “I haven’t talked to the trainers as far as how he felt this morning, but I think there’s always a possibility [he could play]. I have to make a decision tonight.”
That likely means rookie Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller will get his third straight start for the Black and Gold, and the Bruins will keep the lineup as it’s been for the last two strong games against the St. Louis Blues and Carolina Hurricanes.
Tuukka Rask was the first goaltender off the ice at the morning session after getting the weekend game versus the Carolina Hurricanes off for good behavior. He’ll be countered by Marc-Andre Fleury for the Penguins as the Pittsburgh netminder has put up a 13-7-0 record with a 1.95 goals against average and .923 save percentage in 20 games.
Former Boston College forward Brian Gibbons should also be in the lineup for Pittsburgh in his first pro game at TD Garden after some pretty big ones as a member of the Eagles hockey program. Here are the forward combos and D-pairings based on the morning skate: