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Wade Redden ready if Bruins need him, but they don’t 05.28.13 at 2:08 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — Bruins coach Claude Julien said after Tuesday’s practice that if the B’s need him, defenseman Wade Redden is available.

Redden missed Games 5 and 7 of the first round against the Maple Leafs with an undisclosed injury, before missing the entire second round against he Rangers. He began skating during the second round, but he appears to have lost his lineup due to the emergence of rookies Torey Krug and Matt Bartkowski.

Redden practiced Tuesday and appears good to go, with Julien confirming as much.

Said Julien of Redden: “In a pinch if we needed him I’m sure we could use him.”

The obvious sense is that right now the Bruins don’t need him, but that could change due to any future injuries.

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Bruins notes from Friday: Up-tempo practice as Dennis Seidenberg, Wade Redden pick it up 05.24.13 at 5:43 pm ET
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The Bruins wrap up practice Friday at TD Garden in advance of Game 5 Saturday in Boston. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

The Bruins took to the TD Garden ice for a 30-minute up-tempo, intense practice after coach Claude Julien and players admitted that their effort was there on Thursday night but not their execution.

Friday was an effort, even after a tough overtime loss, to pick up the intensity level for Saturday afternoon’s 5:30 start against the Rangers, with yet another chance to close out the series in Game 5.

“It was just a good flow, good practice,” David Krejci said. “Hard and short. We don’t know what’s going to happen [Saturday] morning but it’s kind of an odd time for the game, 5:30. We’re just taking it day-by-day and we felt that, and the coaches felt the same way, that we needed to go out there for a short, hard practice. And we did that. Now, we’re just going to focus on [Saturday].”

Krejci wasn’t overly critical of his teammates and their well-documented mistakes in Game 4 that caused them to blow a 2-0 lead and lose the game in overtime.

“It was an OK game,” he said. “There were chances on both sides but the game is behind us now. They won in OT. [Saturday] is a new game and we’re going to do everything we can to get over it.”

All Bruins were accounted for except defenseman Andrew Ference, out with a lower body injury. Dennis Seidenberg (lower body) and Wade Redden (unspecified) skated together as a D-pair Friday and have been skating all week with the team. There’s a sense that Seidenberg could return on Saturday in place of Dougie Hamilton or Matt Bartkowski. Seidenberg hasn’t played since injuring himself on the second shift of Game 7 against Toronto on May 13.

“I felt comfortable out there today,” Seidenberg said. “But again it’s a decision where I have to talk to them first. We’ll see. They’re going to ask me a couple of a questions and go from there.

Seidenberg said he is itching to get back on the ice.

“Really bad,” Seidenberg said of his desire to return. “No one likes watching hockey games, especially around this time of year, so hopefully I get back in there soon, and hopefully can help.”

Seidenberg watched from upstairs Thursday night as the Bruins failed to close out Game 4.

“We know we played a good game,” Seidenberg said. “A couple of hiccups there but for the most part, we put a lot of pucks on the nets, had quite a few chances, especially on the power play so we know we could’ve won it. We just have to stick in the moment and try to win the next one.

“Every game we want to finish with the win, especially being up 3-1, it would be nice to finish it off but again, we have to play a good game first because they have the momentum now.”

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Dennis Seidenberg, Andrew Ference, Wade Redden out for Game 2 05.19.13 at 2:07 pm ET
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Both Dennis Seidenberg and Wade Redden skated on Sunday, but both are out of the lineup for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Rangers, Bruins coach Claude Julien said prior to the game.

Andrew Ference will also miss the game and has yet to skate since missing Game 6 against the Maple Leafs. With the trio of injured defensemen out, rookies Matt Bartkowski, Dougie Hamilton and Torey Krug will be in the lineup again.

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Dennis Seidenberg skates, won’t return for Game 2 05.18.13 at 4:00 pm ET
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The Bruins got a couple of positive signs regarding their injured defensemen Saturday, with Dennis Seidenberg skating prior to practice and Wade Redden returning to practice.

Following the skate, Claude Julien told reporters that Seidenberg will not play in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Rangers, while Redden will be a game-time decision. Ference has yet to skate since missing Game 6 of the first round against the Maple Leafs.

Though the Bruins struggled at points without the defensemen, they have won both games played without all three, as Seidenberg left after two minutes of Game 7 against Toronto and all three players sat out for Game 1 against the Rangers.

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Dennis Seidenberg, Andrew Ference, Wade Redden out Game 1 vs. Rangers 05.16.13 at 7:09 pm ET
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Dennis Seidenberg, Andrew Ference and Wade Redden were all absent for the Bruins’ warmup Thursday night, meaning all three are out for Game 1 against the Rangers.

The trio of injured blueliners will be replaced by rookies Matt Bartkowski, Dougie Hamilton and Torey Krug. Bartkowski and Hamilton played two games against the Maple Leafs in the first round, while this will be the first NHL playoff game and fourth game of Krug’s NHL career.

The Bruins lineup in warmups is as follows:

Milan Lucic – David Krejci – Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – Jaromir Jagr
Rich Peverley – Chris Kelly – Tyler Seguin
Daniel Paille – Gregory Campbell – Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara – Dougie Hamilton
Matt Bartkowski – Johnny Boychuk
Torey Krug – Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask

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Dennis Seidenberg, Andrew Ference not skating for Bruins, Tyler Seguin moved to third line 05.15.13 at 11:23 am ET
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Dennis Seidenberg and Andrew Ference were both absent Wednesday as the Bruins practiced at TD Garden in anticipation of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Rangers. Defenseman Wade Redden, who missed Game 7 against the Maple Leafs with an undisclosed injury, was present but did not stay for the whole practice.

The practice featured a slight change to the lines, as Claude Julien flip-flopped right wings Tyler Seguin and Jaromir Jagr. Seguin, who had been skating on the second line with Patrice Bergeron, was moved down a line to skate with Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley, while Jagr moved up to play with Bergeron and Brad Marchand.

The lines in practice were as follows:

Milan Lucic – David Krejci – Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – Jaromir Jagr
Rich Peverley – Chris Kelly – Tyler Seguin
Daniel Paille – Gregory Campbell – Shawn Thornton

Extra forwards: Kaspars Daugavins, Jay Pandolfo, Carl Soderberg

The defensemen present were Redden, Zdeno Chara, Johnny Boychuk, Adam McQuaid, Matt Bartkowski, Dougie Hamilton, Aaron Johnson and Tory Krug. The pairings were as follows:

Chara-Hamilton
Bartkowski-Boychuk
Krug-McQuaid

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Wade Redden out for Game 5 05.10.13 at 10:54 am ET
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Claude Julien. (AP)

Wade Redden will not Game 5 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the Maple Leafs, Claude Julien said after Redden missed Friday’s morning skate. Julien said that Redden is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury.

With Redden missing, Matt Bartkowski skated with Adam McQuaid on the Bruins’ third pairing. Julien said that the team will decide between Bartkowski and Dougie Hamilton when determining who will jump into the lineup in place of Redden, but reading between the lines, the team’s defensive issues when putting a right-shot D (Hamilton) in for a left-shot D (the suspended Andrew Ference) and the trickle-down effect of having to reshuffle the defensive pairings should make Bartkowski, a lefty, the front-runner.

With Ference suspended in the second game of the series, putting Hamilton in meant breaking up the Zdeno Chara-Dennis Seidenberg pairing so Seidenberg could replace Ference on the left side. The results were very shaky, with Seidenberg on the ice for three of the Maple Leafs’ four goals. Inserting Bartkowski in on the third pairing means that just the third pairing is changed rather than all three.

Redden did not appear to suffer an injury in Game 4, taking regular shifts until the end of the game. His last shift ended 10:17 into overtime.

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