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.