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Redden out for Bruins tonight

May 10, 2013, 12:51 PM EDT

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Bruins defenseman Wade Redden is “day-to-day” with an undisclosed injury and will miss tonight’s game versus Toronto at TD Garden.

Per CSN New England, either Matt Bartkowski or Dougie Hamilton will replace the 35-year-old veteran. (Bartkowski seems to be the favorite.)

Boston coach Claude Julien wouldn’t say what’s wrong with Redden, who has one goal and one assist in four playoff games while averaging 15:23 of time on ice.

The Bruins lead their series with the Maple Leafs, 3-1, and can move on to the second round with a victory tonight.

  1. nunan - May 10, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    Redden has been a steady presence. I think the situation on this team suits him well and has helped him get back to being effective. He’s not relied upon in a major way and he’s back on a team with Chara and his GM is Chiarelli, both were with Ottawa back when Redden was one of the better dmen in the league. Seems like a good situation for him.

  2. dolanster - May 10, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    What is up with the souring on Hamilton? I thought he was very solid during the regular season. If the question is ‘experience’ how can the vote be for Bartowski?

    • dropthepuckeh - May 10, 2013 at 1:22 PM

      It’s more about whether they are a left or right shot. Bartkowski is a left shot, as is Redden. If Hamilton (right shot) were to play Claude feels he would need to put him with Chara and break up Chara/ Seidenberg which he doesn’t want to do.

      I think Bartkowski looked great in the games he played down the stretch and I think keeping Chara/ Seidenberg together, especially with the final line change at home, is important.

      • nhbsfan - May 10, 2013 at 1:23 PM

        Beat me to it…great minds right? ;)

      • dropthepuckeh - May 10, 2013 at 1:34 PM

        Indeed. That time of year when work production drops and hockey consumption goes through the roof. Tonight cannot come fast enough. How anyone can follow the NHL playoffs and then switch over to basketball or baseball is beyond me. It cannot compare and who has that kind of time??

    • nhbsfan - May 10, 2013 at 1:22 PM

      It’s less about Hamilton, than it is about the fact playing him requires them to break up their top defensive pairing of Chara and Seidenberg. Hamilton is a right handed shot while Bartkowski is a left shot. If they put him in he can slide right in to Redden’s spot with McQuaid and the rest of the defensive pairings stay intact. The only time in this series they played Dougie and split up Chara and Seidenberg was game 2 and we know what happened there.

    • homelanddefense - May 10, 2013 at 1:54 PM

      to be honest I thought Hamilton was a defensive liability at times. He has a very bright future, but this is the playoffs.

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