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Dennis Seidenberg skates again, Peter Chiarelli says Bruins aren’t counting on his return

04.14.14 at 12:06 pm ET
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Dennis Seidenberg skated Monday at TD Garden as he remains ahead of schedule in his recovery from ACL and MCL surgery, but Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli cautioned against expecting Seidenberg to return at some point during the playoffs.

The B’s have not ruled out a postseason return for Seidenberg, however, after initially declaring him out for the season at the time of his injury in late December.

“We’re not counting on Dennis to be back,” Chiarelli said Monday. “We’re going to be very cautious with his injury. He has been skating and that’s pretty much all I can say on it.”

Adam McQuaid also skated Monday in his comeback from a quad strain that limited to 30 games this season. Multiple setbacks in his recovery led to the team shutting him down for about a month in early March. Chiarelli said there isn’t much clarity on his situation.

“Not really, no,” Chiarelli said. “‘€¦ We want to be careful on it. It’s not a major injury; it’s a soft tissue injury. We’ve been doing OK with the D we have, so we want to be cautious with it.”

Given the emergence of Kevan Miller, it’s unlikely a healthy McQuaid would be needed unless a right-shot defenseman struggles or is injured.

Daniel Paille left Saturday’s game with what appeared to be a head injury, but Claude Julien told reporters Sunday that Paille was feeling “much better” and was day-to-day. Chiarelli said following his updates on Seidenberg and McQuaid that he hadn’t intended to give injury updates (common practice in the postseason) and as such did not offer an update on Paille’s status.

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Bruins-Red Wings schedule announced

04.13.14 at 8:12 pm ET
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The NHL released the schedules for the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs Sunday night. The Eastern Conference quarterfinal series between the first-seeded Bruins and eighth-seeded Red Wings will begin on Friday at TD Garden, with games every other day from there.

The schedule is as follows:

Game 1: Friday, April 18, 7:30 p.m. at TD Garden
Game 2: Sunday, April 20, 3 p.m. at TD Garden
Game 3: Tuesday, April 22, 7:30 p.m. at Joe Louis Arena
Game 4: Thursday, April 24, 8 p.m. at Joe Louis Arena
*Game 5: Saturday, April 26, 3 p.m. at TD Garden
*Game 6: Monday, April 28, TBD at Joe Louis Arena
*Game 7: Wednesday, April 30, TBD at TD Garden

*if necessary

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Bruins finish regular season with loss to Devils

04.13.14 at 5:25 pm ET
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The Bruins concluded their regular season schedule Sunday with a 3-2 loss to the Devils in New Jersey. They finished with an NHL-best 54-19-9 record for 117 points, which earned them the Presidents’ Trophy.

The B’s went with a very different lineup in the game, as Patrice Bergeron, Daniel Paille, Chris Kelly, Zdeno Chara, David Krejci, Milan Lucic and Jarome Iginla did not travel to New Jersey. In the lineup were Alexander Khokhlachev, Craig Cunningham, Justin Florek and Matt Lindblad at forward, as well as Andrej Meszaros and Corey Potter on defense. Dougie Hamilton and Potter both saw time at forward, as the team dressed seven skaters. Chad Johnson was in goal for the B’s.

Following the game, the Bruins returned Khokhlachev, Cunningham, Florek and Lindblad to Providence.

Paille’s absence was the most notable given that he left Saturday’s game with what appeared to be a head injury, but Claude Julien told reporters that Paille is feeling “much better” and is considered day-to-day.

Loui Eriksson and Brad Marchand scored Boston’s goals, with the Devils getting a pair of goals from Marek Zidlicky and one from Travis Zajac. Marchand scored with 16 seconds left, making him perhaps the final player to score against Martin Brodeur in the future Hall of Famer’s Devils career.

Boston’s first-round playoff series is expected to begin Friday at TD Garden, as Red Wings coach Mike Babcock told reporters that the teams will play Friday and Sunday in Boston.

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Bruins recall Alexander Khokhlachev, Craig Cunningham, Justin Florek and Matt Lindblad

04.13.14 at 12:55 pm ET
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The Bruins recalled four forwards from Providence on an emergency basis Sunday morning. Alexander Khokhlachev, Craig Cunningham, Justin Florek and Matt Lindblad will all join the team in New Jersey and be available for the team’s regular-season finale against the Devils.

Khokhlachev is the only one of the four who has yet to play an NHL game, and as such, the 2011 second-round pick will in all likelihood make his NHL debut. He has 21 goals and 36 assists for a team-leading 57 points in 63 games for Providence this season.

Florek played very well for the Bruins in a three-game stint with the team in January, scoring a goal and adding an assist for two points while subbing on the team’s fourth line. Cunningham and Lindblad each played one game apiece.

The forwards will be used both due to injuries (Daniel Paille and Patrice Bergeron both left Saturday’s game, while Chris Kelly has missed the last two and won’t play Sunday) and perhaps for the sake of rest of other players. According to the Boston Globe, Bergeron, Paille, Kelly, Zdeno Chara, David Krejci, Milan Lucic and Jarome Iginla did not travel to New Jersey.

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Brothers Reilly Smith, Brendan Smith weigh in on playoff meeting

04.13.14 at 12:31 am ET
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Reilly Smith and Brendan Smith are already weighing in on the difficult decision their parents will face when the brothers meet one another in the first round of the playoffs.

Reilly Smith, the Bruins’ second line right wing, has played against his older brother, Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith, six times in the regular season over the last two seasons (three times with the Stars and three with the Bruins). Brendan and the Red Wings have won four of those six games.

After the Red Wings were locked into the second wild card spot Saturday night, both players took to Twitter:

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Bruins to face Red Wings in first round

04.12.14 at 9:36 pm ET
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The Blue Jackets defeated the Panthers Saturday night, securing that they can finish no lower than the first wild card spot and locking the Red Wings into the second wild card spot. As such, the top-seeded Bruins will play the Red Wings in the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The Red Wings, who have made the playoffs in 23 straight games, are the most difficult matchup of the teams the B’s might have faced in the first round (with the Blue Jackets and Flyers being the others). Detroit is the only team that has beaten Boston three times in regulation this season, as the B’s went 1-3-0 against the Wings this season.

The series is expected to begin Thursday at TD Garden. It’s likely that Game 2 would then be Saturday or Sunday before the series shifts to Detroit for Games 3 and 4.

This marks the eighth time the Bruins and Red Wings in the postseason, though you probably don’t remember the most recent meeting. That came back in 1957, when the Bruins beat Detroit in the semifinals in five games.

The series will also feature a pair of siblings clashing, as Bruins forward Reilly Smith will play against his brother, Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith.

The Lightning and Canadiens will face one another in the first round, with the winner of the Boston-Detroit series facing the winner of that series.

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Mike Petraglia, DJ Bean on Patrice Bergeron, Daniel Paille and Bruins in Stanley Cup playoffs

04.12.14 at 8:06 pm ET
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WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and DJ Bean assess the Stanley Cup playoff chances of the Bruins after they clinched the Presidents’ Trophy Saturday with a 4-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres. The Bruins won their 54th game of the season, giving them 117 points on the season but lost the services of Daniel Paille after a big hit by Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe. Patrice Bergeron also scored his 30th goal of the season but did not play the third period after a very minor injury, according to head coach Claude Julien. Bergeron is expected to be ready when the Stanley Cup playoffs begin this week.

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