BOSTON, MA --
The B's will be without the services of defenseman Dennis Seidenberg
when Boston takes on the Washington Capitals tonight in TD Garden.
"Yeah, in L.A. he suffered a cut on his leg and they stitched it up, everything was good but a little infection has gotten into it," said Head Coach Claude Julien after this morning's pregame skate. "He’s on antibiotics and to play it safe, we’re going to keep him out but it’s day-to-day, it’s not long term. So just taking care of that."
During the B's 4-2 victory on Saturday, Seidenberg was cut by a skate blade.
"A pretty good cut," added Coach Julien. "We closed it off and the doctors in L.A. did a good job. But when those things happen, a little bit of infection [can occur] and our doctors have taken care of that.
"We’re going to keep him out for tonight and hopefully have him next game."
So defenseman Joe Corvo
, who hasn't played since March 15 versus Florida when he scored a goal (but was a minus-2) will get the call tonight. Julien was asked how Joe's insertion into the lineup would effect the B's better play (of late) on the blueline.
"Our whole team is better," said Julien in reference, specifically, to pairing Zdeno Chara
and Seidenberg. "Our goaltending has gotten better, that’s not because of the D core. Our forwards are better – they’re scoring more goals and again, that’s not because of our D core. But our pairings have been good, and that’s because they’ve improved as well.
"Everybody, I think Dennis Seidenberg
has played better, Zdeno has played really solid hockey – probably some of his best this year and so are the other guys. The pairs have been good together. Talk about [Greg] Zanon and [Adam] McQuaid, they’re a physical pair that is kind of our third pair that you can put out against third and fourth lines with no worries at all.
"They bring that physical element to our team and certainly makes teams not want to be on the ice, or in the corners with those guys. Or even in front of the net too often because they play that type of game. They punish guys," he said.
And Julien said that he expects good things out of Corvo, as well.
"Joe does a lot of good things offensively, and he makes good plays, he skates well, and that’s something our team’s always needed and Joe knows that when we work with him," said Julien. "It’s more about working in the corners battling and not getting beat back in front of the net and those kind of things in tight around our net area.
"But the other part of his game has been good. He’s as mobile as any defenseman we have here, probably one of the best and he skates the puck up the ice well, also. He’s got a lot of good assets to his game.
"The fact that he was pulled out when we weren’t going well -- I know a lot of people have kind of assumed he’s the one that was the weak link -- he wasn’t, and hopefully he has an opportunity to show that tonight."