Seidenberg 'comfortable' in return to Bruins lineup

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Seidenberg 'comfortable' in return to Bruins lineup

WILMINGTON, MA Dennis Seidenberg wasnt back to his normal Herculean workload and didnt get inserted back onto the power play unit, but the German defenseman was happy with the way his lower body issue responded in his return to the lineup on Friday night.

It was okay. It took me a little bit to get my feet underneath me, said Seidenberg. Once I did that I got a little comfortable and felt like always.

Seidenberg skated 27 shifts for 18:14 of ice time and led the Bruins with six registered hits and four blocked shots in a typically gritty performance for the defenseman thats always willing to put his body on the line. The return of Seidenberg also allowed Dougie Hamilton to get the partner back that he began the season with, and with that allow the 19-year-old to return to normalcy.

Now Seidenberg is focusing on the exact same objective as his Bruins teammates: readying for four games in the next six days with their first back-to-back games of the season and a taste of the every other day reality that awaits them starting in the middle of February.

There are going to be games every other day, so we have to be careful to take care of ourselves and stay game ready, said Seidenberg. Youve got to be smart in the way you prepare for games.

Everybody has a lot of energy and jump in these games in a shortened season, so youve got to be pumped up and ready to go.

Seidenberg is third on the Bruins with five blocked shots despite missing two of the four games the team has played in, so its pretty clear just how pumped the impervious blueliner is to be back again at full force.

Haggerty's NHL Power Rankings: So long, Wings' streak

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Haggerty's NHL Power Rankings: So long, Wings' streak

The Washington Capitals remain on top, but it's time to recognize the Red Wings' 25-year playoff streak that will come to an end this spring.

Saturday, Feb. 25: Shea Theodore waits for his time with Ducks

Saturday, Feb. 25: Shea Theodore waits for his time with Ducks

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while giving two thumbs up to The Lego Batman Movie after a screening with my 3 1/2 year old.

*Alex Prewitt has a profile on Anaheim defenseman prospect Shea Theodore as he waits for his time with the Ducks.

*The Vancouver Canucks have a mumps problem this season, and we continue to wonder why this is becoming an issue again in a first-world society.

*PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jason Brough has Patrick Eaves dealt to the Ducks for what could be first round pick if Anaheim advances far enough through the playoffs.

*Flyers GM Ron Hextall says that Philly’s young team won’t be buying ahead of next week’s NHL trade deadline.

*Along with his “Sutter-isms”, diversity is a family value for the Los Angeles Kings head coach Darryl Sutter.

*Dave Strader gets back into the broadcast booth with the Dallas Stars, and will be a welcomed addition to the national NBC broadcast of Bruins/Stars on Sunday afternoon.

*As cold as he was earlier in the season, New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist is heating up now for the Blueshirts.

*For something completely different: Brie Larson is already prepping for her role as Captain Marvel by stepping up her game as an influence for positive change among her Hollywood peers.