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Positive Trend on B's Blueline with Redden, Seidenberg Back Skating

by Caryn Switaj / Boston Bruins

BOSTON, MA - The trio of young defensemen in Matt Bartkowski, Dougie Hamilton and Torey Krug has seamlessly kept stability on the Bruins' back end with the injured veterans sidelined.

But, things seemed to be trending in a positive direction for the B's on Saturday. Dennis Seidenberg skated before the team's practice at TD Garden prior to Game Two with Strength and Conditioning Coach John Whitesides and got in an off-ice workout Friday. Meanwhile, Wade Redden joined his teammates on the ice for practice for the first time since being in the lineup for Game Six against Toronto.

Coach Julien gave updates on Seidenberg and Redden following practice, along with Andrew Ference, who did not skate with the team Saturday.

"As far as Wade [Redden], I haven’t had a chance to talk to him after practice, so I can’t say much about that; I don’t know the situation with him," said Julien, before adding later to reporters, "Redden will probably be a game-time decision, or a decision made tomorrow."

"With [Dennis] Seidenberg, obviously doing better. I don’t anticipate him being ready for tomorrow, but with the injury he’s got, you never know. As far as [Andrew] Ference is concerned, he hasn’t skated yet, so he won’t be in tomorrow."

"I felt okay, I didn't do everything, but good to get out on the ice for sure," Redden said in the locker room following the skate.

"You've go to know when you're ready and that's what it comes down to; that''s kind of, in my mind, I want to make sure I'm able to go before I'm ready."

Towards the end of practice, three-on-two drills showed defensive pairings still in tact from Thursday's Game One, with Zdeno Chara and Dougie Hamilton paired together, Matt Bartkowski and Johnny Boychuk, Torey Krug and Adam McQuaid, and Redden skating with Aaron Johsnon.

"You've got to be honest with yourself, it comes down to that," said Redden, who has been able to do off-ice workouts, despite not skating.

Players often play through injuries in the playoffs, but it comes down to the matter of what is best for the team.

"Everybody wants to be out there, but it's got to be the right way," added Redden. "If you go out there and you're not able to do what you need to do you're only hurting the team."

"We're kind of on the outside, you know - you want to get healthy, you want to do everything you can to get back."

Seguin, Jagr Want to Contribute More

Since Game Seven against Toronto, Jaromir Jagr has been skating up with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand, while Tyler Seguin has been alongside Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley.

Both the right wings have been trending in the right direction, but haven't been able to find the back of the net yet this posteason. Jagr has four assists through the eight games, while Seguin has an assist on Patrice Bergeron's game-winning overtime goal that capped the comeback against Toronto. He put up four shots in Game One, and had another four blocked, including the massive one by Dan Girardi on Seguin's in-close attempt in the final 30 seconds of regulation.

"I mean, I think it's more me, it's more mental," said Seguin, on if he's taking a different approach this series, versus his approach against Toronto. "You know, going right in front at the beginning of the game. I wasn't thinking about it before the game, getting ready, I was just keeping it simple and thinking about simple things."

"I think eventually it's going to pay off for me and I'm just going to stick with it and raise the level of my game."

"Hard work eventually pays off. Trying not to think about it too much."

Half a locker room away, Jagr was talking to media about working through his own scoring slump.

"For me personally, it's not the first time it's happened to me, so you have to work hard," said Jagr. "Most of the time, it's about confidence, too. It doesn't really matter how many goals you score, the confidence comes with any play. Any good play can give you the confidence, any good pass to score a goal can turn things around."

"You just have to work hard and go through it; I'm not going to give up. Of course I would like to help this team more than I do right now, but there's nothing I can do about that - just work hard."

"Hopefully I feel better and hopefully I can score more. That's the way it is. It's not the first time and it's not going to be the last time. Everything is great, everybody can play good when everything is good; you've got to battle through when things don't go good.

"As you see, he’s really helped us a lot, as far as having a guy that is strong on the puck, he’s good down low, cycling pucks and everything else. He’s a threat; every time he’s on the ice you can see teams playing him hard," said Julien, of Jagr. "[The Rangers] put some big guys out there because he is a big body and he’s hard to move. He’s been a good addition to us and we moved him up to Bergeron’s line the last couple of games. And that line, whether it’s by coincidence or whatever, has started to produce."

Saturday's Practice Lines and Pairings

White: Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Gold: Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Jaromir Jagr
Grey: Rich Peverley-Chris Kelly-Tyler Seguin
Merlot: Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Matt Bartkowski-Johnny Boychuk
Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid
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