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Seidenberg on Schedule

by Caryn Switaj / Boston Bruins

BOSTON Dennis Seidenberg remains on track in his recovery from back surgery.

The defenseman has skated in two practices and a pregame skate with his teammates, as he continues to recover the Sept. 24 surgery that repaired a lumbar spine disc herniation.

Last Thursday, Oct. 29, marked his first practice of the season with the Bruins.

After taking part in morning skate on Tuesday at TD Garden — as the B’s anticipate a matchup with the Dallas Stars — Seidenberg spoke with media for the first time since he began practicing.

“I’m on schedule, for sure,” said Seidenberg, whose original timetable was estimated at eight weeks, which would slate him for a possible return around mid-November. “Now it’s just — the next step would be taking physical contact in practice and seeing how that goes, and go from there.”

Feeling pain in his leg — and not necessarily his back — was the biggest byproduct of the herniated disc.

He’ll be monitoring the pain as he continues practicing and starts to take contact.

“I’ve been feeling nothing in my back — it’s just about the power coming back in my leg and that’s the only restriction I have right now,” said Seidenberg. “So there hasn’t really been a feeling where I’m like, ‘I’ve got to be more careful,’ but then again, you look at a back injury and nerves being involved, you do want to be a little bit cautious.”

He mostly feels the lack of strength when he pivots or does a crossover.

“I feel it being a little weak, but it’s getting better from day to day, and hopefully that keeps going,” he said.

Seidenberg in anxious to get back into game action, just as with any injury he’s ever had to come back from. But missing all of training camp and the start of the season, leaves him with even more anticipation, since his last game came in the B’s 2014-15 season finale on April 11.

“I want to be back and be part of it,” he said.

Whether the team is doing well or not is irrelevant for Seidenberg. If the team was playing well — as they currently are — he’d be anxious to get back and further help the team. If the team was playing poorly, he would want to help them get back on track.

“It doesn’t really matter — it’s obviously better when the team does well, but I always put the same pressure on myself to come back as fast as possible,” Seidenberg said. “But also be responsible going forward.”

Watching from afar, he’s been able to see the team’s turnaround since the 0-3 start — and notice the biggest difference in their play.

“I think the confidence they’re playing [with]," he said. "Obviously it was a tough start, giving up a lot of goals, and then suddenly the offense broke loose, starting scoring and we started shutting teams down. And it’s always great to see guys getting more confident and comfortable in the room, and you see it on the ice.”

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