Boston Bruins: Latest Updates on Dennis Seidenberg's Leg Infection

Nicholas GossCorrespondent IMarch 29, 2012

NEWARK, NJ - JANUARY 04: Dennis Seidenberg #44 of the Boston Bruins skates during an NHL hockey game against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on January 4, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)
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Boston Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg will not play Thursday night against the Washington Capitals and is listed as day-to-day after a cut on his leg became infected, according to CSNNE.com's Joe Haggerty.

"A little infection is gotten in there now. He's on antibiotics, so just to play it safe we're going to keep him out," said head coach Claude Julien. "It's just day-to-day. It's not long term. We're just taking care of that. We'll keep him out tonight and hopefully have him back in the next game."

 

UPDATE: Sunday, April 1 at 6:12 p.m. ET

Seidenberg will return to the Bruins lineup on Sunday night against the Rangers, according to the team.

Coach Julien said that defenseman Dennis Seidenberg will return to the lineup. Forward Daniel Paille will return as well...^TV

— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) April 1, 2012

 

UPDATE: Saturday, March 31 at 12:12 p.m. ET

Seidenberg will not play against the New York Islanders on Saturday afternoon, according to Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald. Mike Mottau will join the defensive corps on Saturday with Seidenberg unable to play.

 

UPDATE: Friday, March 30 at 1:52 p.m. ET

Seidenberg remains day-to-day with the leg injury but might be able to play this weekend. The Bruins play the New York Islanders on Saturday and the New York Rangers on Sunday. Both games are on the road.

Via the Boston Herald:

Defenseman Dennis Seidenberg, who sat out Thursday’s game with a infection in a cut about his knee — a cut inflicted by Tim Thomas’ skate blade Saturday in Los Angeles — said he feels normal and is day-to-day. That means he could play as soon as tomorrow.

 

Seidenberg suffered the injury on Saturday against the Los Angeles Kings, but was able to play Sunday against the Anaheim Ducks and Tuesday against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

However, infections are serious and need to be dealt with as soon as possible. Hopefully the German defenseman won't miss too much time because he is the team's second most important blueliner.

TORONTO, CANADA - MARCH 6: Colby Armstrong #9 of the Toronto Maple Leafs gets punched by Dennis Seidenberg #44 of the Boston Bruins during NHL action at the Air Canada Centre March 6, 2012 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)
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Seidenberg and Zdeno Chara are one of the NHL's best shutdown defensive pairings and will be counted on this year to stop the best offensive threats in the playoffs, just like they did last season.

With Seidenberg sidelined, struggling defenseman Joe Corvo will return to the lineup after being a scratch for the past six games. In addition to being turnover prone, Corver has been a defensive liability throughout the season.

The Bruins are 5-1 during the last six games that Corvo has been scratched.

Boston could have put newly-signed blueliner Torey Krug fresh out of Michigan State into the lineup, but throwing the young defenseman into his first NHL action against a quality team like the Capitals isn't an ideal situation.

Check back to this article for new updates on Seidenberg's condition as they become available.

 

Nicholas Goss is a Boston Bruins Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report and was the organization's on-site reporter for the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals in Boston.