Seidenberg returns; Paille replaces injured Campbell

702288.jpg

Seidenberg returns; Paille replaces injured Campbell

NEW YORK The Bruins will once again get a new look for Sunday nights game against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Dennis Seidenberg will return to the lineup after missing two games with an infection in a cut above his left knee, and Daniel Paille will replace Gregory Campbell (lower body) after he was dinged up in the win over the Islanders Saturday afternoon.

Well have eight defensemen out there for warm-ups, so well make our decision on the scratches after that, said Julien when asked which blueliner will sit with Seidenberg back in the fold.

Claude Julien also indicated that Adam McQuaid was back out on the ice Sunday, and his left eye is healing nicely after taking the Jason Chimera charging hit into the boards last week. Tuukka Rask (strained groinabdomen) is likewise progressing and could be getting back onto the ice soon according to Julien, and the goaltender himself predicted that hed back on the ice at some point next week.

Bennett: 'Put my pants on the same way' for preseason or regular-season games

ap_16210622585306.jpg

Bennett: 'Put my pants on the same way' for preseason or regular-season games

FOXBORO -- There seem to be some differing opinions inside Gillette Stadium as to the feel of the third preseason game. Is it a good dress rehearsal for the regular season, or is it just as vanilla as any other preseason matchup?

Example No. 1 comes from coach Bill Belichick's WEEI interview earlier this week: 

"In terms of playing time it might be a little different, but in terms of game-planning and strategy, what we see in the regular season compared to what we see the in third preseason game, I don’t even think you’re in the same universe," he said. "We’re still running our basic plays and we’d expect our opponents would run their basic plays.

"You get to the opener and start to get to game-planning and scheme, I mean you’re in a totally different ballpark, in my opinion. I don’t see any comparison at all. It’s too far away, I don’t see how you could compare them, from that standpoint. One-on-one matchups, letting the players play, yeah, I would say you have a better matchup of guys like that, but it’s nothing compared to what we’re going to see in the regular season from a total scheme situation standpoint."

Example No. 2 comes from Martellus Bennett, who opted not to meet with reporters last week when the Bears, his former club, came to town for joint practices. 

"All my snaps are full speed," Bennett said when asked about this week's game with the Panthers. "I don't slow down. I just go full speed the whole time so it's just a regular game for me . . . It's always the same whether it's the regular season or preseason. Put my pants on the same way. Put my shoes on the same way. Tie them the same way. Same gloves, same face mask."

Truth is, both can be right.

For players who are given plays and asked to execute assignments, a preseason game played at full speed may very well feel like a regular-season game. For coaches who are coming up with the plays and assignments for said players to execute, the difference between the regular season and preseason is vast. 

The third preseason game might then be the closest thing teams experience to a regular-season game this month, but it's still not close.