Seidenberg appears ready to return vs. Isles

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Seidenberg appears ready to return vs. Isles

Dennis Seidenberg has returned to the ice for pregame warm-ups and it appears hes headed for a return to the Bruins lineup after missing two games with a lower body injury. The German defenseman hasnt missed a practice and Claude Julien said he was more optimistic than pessimistic that Seidenberg would play in tonights rare Friday night tilt vs. the Islanders after missing games against Winnipeg and the Rangers.

It also appears Seidenberg is back paired with 19-year-old Dougie Hamilton after the rookie defenseman had three different D partners in the first three games.

Its been more about circumstance. As you know, the other night with the Rangers lineup, they put all their eggs in a basket with the Richards, Nash and Gaborik line. We certainly wanted experience and certainly didnt want to expose Dougie to that yet, although the way he played he probably couldve handled it well, said Claude Julien. Our teamand Ive said that from the beginningour pairs arent necessarily set in stone. A lot of that from our backend is related to the other teams lineup sometimes, and sometimes its related to certain players playing better with certain partners. Dougie has had that experience of playing with all three guys, and so far hes passed the test.

Tuukka Rask led the Bruins out onto the ice for pregame warm-ups and will get his fourth start in a row to begin the 2013 season. Here are the line combos and defensive pairings based on pregame-warm-ups:

Lucic-Krejci-Horton
Marchand-Bergeron-Seguin
Bourque-Kelly-Peverley
Paille-Campbell-Thornton

Chara-Boychuk
Seidenberg-Hamilton
Ference-McQuaid

Rask

Tuesday, Feb. 21: Leafs turning green

Tuesday, Feb. 21: Leafs turning green

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while spring training is ramping up in a big way down in Florida.

*The Toronto Maple Leafs are going to wear their great, green, old school St. Pat’s sweaters around St. Patrick’s Day this season.

*Jonathan Quick is on the ice and participating in hockey activity, but isn’t quite ready to return for the Los Angeles Kings.

*This is one of the best things you’ll see today with Vladimir Tarasenko making the 11th birthday celebration for a special little girl.

*The Edmonton Oilers could potentially make a lot of moves at the NHL trade deadline, and unsurprisingly, there is quite the call for them to dump Benoit Pouliot after that bad contract they signed him to a couple of years ago.

*Lyle Richardson is predicting the biggest buyers at the 2017 NHL trade deadline and the Bruins are not among the nine teams listed.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) James Mirtle goes 1-on-1 with Toronto Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello a wide range of subjects for the Athletic up in Toronto.

*Tommy Wingels continues to fight for inclusion in hockey even as he’s gone from the San Jose Sharks to the Ottawa Senators this season.

*For something completely different: A perfect pool trick shot video will blow your mind and probably get a few pool tables ruined with people trying to recreate it.