BOSTON -- Boston Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg might make his return to the lineup Friday when his team hosts the New York Islanders on Friday at TD Garden.
Seidenberg has missed the Bruins' last two games due to a lower-body injury. He skated Friday morning and has been on the ice a couple times between games this week.
"Something like that can happen to a guy that's in the best shape of his life," Seidenberg, who was one of 12 Bruins to play overseas during the lockout, said. "So it's not anything you could've prevented. So you've just got to deal with it and try to get back."
With the Islanders playing the second half of back-to-back games, coach Jack Capuano has decided to give Rick DiPietro the start in goal in his hometown after Evgeni Nabokov beat Toronto on Thursday. It will be DiPietro's first start since Dec. 3, 2011.
Here are the projected lineups for both teams:
Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Tyler Seguin
Chris Bourque - Chris Kelly - Rich Peverley
Daniel Paille - Gregory Campbell - Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara - Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg - Dougie Hamilton
Andrew Ference - Adam McQuaid
Scratched: Aaron Johnson, Lane MacDermid
Matt Moulson - John Tavares - Kyle Okposo
Michael Grabner - Frans Nielsen - Brad Boyes
David Ullstrom - Keith Aucoin - Colin McDonald
Matt Martin - Marty Reasoner - Casey Cizikas
Mark Streit - Brian Strait
Andrew MacDonald - Travis Hamonic
Joe Finley - Matt Carkner
Scratched: Radek Martinek, Eric Boulton, Thomas Hickey