WILMINGTON, MA Dennis Seidenberg made it through Tuesdays full practice with down-low battle drills and plenty of skating, and did so while paired back together with 19-year-old rookie Dougie Hamilton. Those are all signs that the German defenseman is feeling good enough to jump back into the lineup Wednesday night against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden.
But Claude Julien said that the 31-year-old blueliner is still day-to-day with a lower body injury and the Bruins will make their determination on Wednesday after morning skate in the House that King Henrik Built.
He practiced again today and that gives you can idea that hes pretty close, said Julien, who on Monday said he was "hopeful" that he'd have the defenseman back for the big Eastern Conference tilt in Gotham. Hes still a day-to-day situation.
Seidenberg appeared to injure his leg after colliding with Ryan Callahan in the third period of Saturdays home-opening win over the Blueshirts, but still played a team-high 23:59 of ice time. Seidenberg has also now practiced fully in both days sandwiched around Mondays game against the Jets. If Seidenberg cant go once again on Wednesday, then extra defenseman Aaron Johnson would be back in the lineup after logging 16 plus minutes for Boston on Monday afternoon.
After sitting out the last month with a lower body injury, Bruins fourth liner Noel Acciari has been assigned to Providence presumably to get up to speed after missing a considerable length of time. It also means that Acciari has likely been cleared medically to play after appearing in B's practice over the last few days after missing the last 14 games.
The 24-year-old former Providence College standout has appeared in 12 games with the Bruins this season after breaking camp with the team, and recorded two assists for two points with four penalty minutes and a plus-one rating before suffering a lower body injury.
By all accounts Acciari was a good energy player on a surprisingly good fourth line to start the season, wasn’t afraid to throw around his body for impactful hits and was having plenty of success aggravating opponents into losing their cool and taking penalties. Fellow rookie forward Anton Blidh has stepped in and played a similar role on the fourth line over the last couple of games for the Black and Gold, so that gives the Bruins plenty of time to get Acciari back up to speed at the AHL level without their fourth line’s level of play dropping in the meantime.
The Acciari demotion to Providence does mean that the Bruins head into Washington with 12 forwards, so it should again be Blidh, Dominic Moore and Jimmy Hayes as the fourth line barring any last minute wrinkles from Claude Julien.