Julien 'very hopeful' Seidenberg will play vs. Rangers

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Julien 'very hopeful' Seidenberg will play vs. Rangers

It was a little eyebrow-raising to hear that Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg had been scratched for Monday afternoons game against the Winnipeg Jets with a lower body injury. All is well thats ends well as the Bruins reconfigured their defensemen pairings most notably putting Dougie Hamilton together with Zdeno Chara and put together a competent defensive effort to take a 2-1 shootout win over the Jets at TD Garden.

It was even better news following the matinee when Claude Julien indicated that Seidenbergs absence was more precautionary than anything else, and there was a possibility hed be back practicing with the team on Tuesday. The German defenseman had been a full participant in Sunday practice after logging a team-high 23:59 of ice time against the Rangers, and appeared to have tweaked something in his leg after a collision with Ryan Callahan late in the game.

Hes day-to-day; lower body. Theres a good chance hell be on the ice tomorrow. Were very, very hopeful that hell be in next game. This is a situation, early in the season you want to sacrifice one game so that it doesnt become a two-week situation, said Claude Julien. Were just getting going here, its such a condensed schedule that sometimes if you take those chances by playing him, youll make it worse than better. We took a precaution and we were willing to live without him today. Hopefully, thats all its going to be.

Seidenbergs absence also meant that newcomer Aaron Johnson made his Boston Bruins debut paired with Johnny Boychuk, and was part of a Bs defensemen corps that all needed to raise their games without their Teutonic stalwart. Johnson finished with 16:03 of ice time and blocked a couple of shots, but all the blueliners were on high alert.

It just happens with everybody. If somebody is out of the lineup, somebody else has to fill that spot. Thats the good thing about this team, said Zdeno Chara. We have a lot of depth on this team, and guys are really taking it as a charge and motivation to be adding more minutes and playing maybe a bigger role.

As Julien indicated, the Bruins are hopeful that Seidenberg will be back in the lineup when they travel to Madison Square Garden Wednesday night for the rematch with the Rangers.

Morning Skate: Asking price on Shattenkirk should scare off Bruins

Morning Skate: Asking price on Shattenkirk should scare off Bruins

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading after watching the Boston Celtics take a hard pass on the Boogie. 
 
-- Bob McKenzie sits in with the good folks at TSN 1200 Ottawa sports radio and talks a little Claude Julien of the Montreal Canadiens

-- The Avalanche youth movement is set to begin as quickly as March 1, as Colorado may move some of its veteran players at the trade deadline. 
 
-- Ryan Johansen got snubbed in his return to Columbus for the first time as a member of the Nashville Predators. That’s too bad, but it’s also not exactly Wayne Gretzky returning to the Edmonton Oilers for the first time. 
 
-- The price tag for Kevin Shattenkirk is in and it includes a top prospect and a first-round pick, along with another piece, for a rental defenseman. That should be far too rich for the Bruins’ blood. The B's were already intent on avoiding the rental market ahead of the trade deadline, and the steep price -- even for a potentially useful short-term acquisition like the puck-moving Shattenkirk -- should make that even more of a certainty. 
 
-- Ken Campbell asks whether hockey agents have gone too far in chasing after prospective prospects before they even enter their teenage years. 

 -- Bobby Ryan has a hand injury that’s going to sideline him, another piece of bad luck for the Senators forward. 
 
-- For something completely different: On President’s Day, it seems only natural to go through the favorite Presidents in the history of the Marvel Universe.