Though it’s not believed to be serious, an infection will keep Boston defenseman Dennis Seidenberg out of the lineup Thursday when the Bruins host the Washington Capitals.
The infection stems from a cut Seidenberg suffered after getting sliced by a skate against Los Angeles on Saturday. He played through the pain on Sunday against Anaheim but once the cut became infected, the team’s medical staff decided to hold him out for precautionary measures.
“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,” head coach Claude Julien said. “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.”
Joe Corvo, a healthy scratch for the last six games, will replace Seidenberg in the lineup.
This is the second time in the last three years Seidenberg has suffered ill-effects from a skate cut. He underwent forearm surgery in Apr. 2010 after suffering a lacerated tendon in Toronto, missing the rest of the regular season and all of the playoffs.
Report: Coyotes shut down Vitale (concussion) for the season
Matt Frattin was traded by the Leafs to Ottawa yesterday as part of the Dion Phaneuf blockbuster.
But for now, he’s staying in Toronto.
On Wednesday, Sens GM Bryan Murray announced that Frattin will remain with the Leafs’ AHL affiliate — the Toronto Marlies — on loan, but will be available for selection should Ottawa require his services down the road.
Frattin, 28, has spent all of this season with the Marlies, scoring nine goals and 22 points in 47 games. His last NHL appearance came during the ’14-15 campaign, with the Leafs.
Prior to that, the former North Dakota standout had spent time in Los Angeles and Columbus.
Gaudreau, Monahan, Bouma express remorse after benching
“We want to apologize to the organization, the coaches, our team especially, and the city of Calgary and the fans,” Gaudreau said, per the team’s Twitter account. “For us not to show up like that, and miss a game like that, it’s not professional on our part.”
“I’m a young guy and I’m a leader on this team,” Monahan added. “I’ve got to step up and take that back and earn that respect again.”
More on what transpired at Tuesday’s practice, from Sportsnet’s Mark Spector:
Calgary Flames head coach Bob Hartley did his best to keep an epic Super Bowl party under wraps. But two of his players — Lance Bouma and Sean Monahan — arrived at the Saddledome at 10:15 am for a 10:30 Monday morning practice, and those two barely beat Johnny Gaudreau in the Saddledome doors.
Then practice started, and in the words of Calgary winger David Jones: “It’s a little embarrassing when we’re not (making) five-foot passes.”
“I think (Hartley) was pretty pissed off.”
The trio was then subsequently benched for last night’s game against Toronto, which the Flames won 4-3.
Tonight, the New York Rangers are in Pittsburgh to take on the Penguins at Consol, in a rematch of the ’14 and ’15 playoffs (the Blueshirts eliminated the Pens from each of the last two postseasons, you’ll recall.)
You can catch the game at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN, or watch live online with NBC Sports’ Live Extra.