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Bruins’ Ference to miss Game 6 with unspecified ailment

May 12, 2013, 12:45 PM EDT

Joffrey Lupul, Andrew Ference Getty Images

Boston’s defense corps is taking a hit for tonight’s Game 6 in Toronto.

Bruins coach Claude Julien announced Andrew Ference would miss tonight’s game with an undisclosed ailment and that he didn’t even travel with the team to Toronto. The team says he is day-to-day and Julien says his lineup will be a game-time decision.

With Ference out tonight, look for Julien to possibly split up the pairing of Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg as he did in Game 2 when Ference was suspended. Other lineup issues may force that to happen anyhow.

Making life more difficult is Wade Redden‘s status as he may also miss tonight’s game as well. He missed Game 5 with a separate ailment. Redden was optimistic he would play in Game 6, but that will be determined tonight.

Who slots in if they can’t go?’s Joe Haggerty notes Aaron Johnson was paired up with Johnny Boychuk during the morning skate in place of Ference. Meanwhile, rookie Matt Bartkowski was paired with Adam McQuaid in Redden’s spot. Rookie Dougie Hamilton could/should also figure into possibilities.

The window for the Leafs to force a Game 7 is opening just a bit more with these developments.

  1. withseidelinn - May 12, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    Never want to see a guy get hurt, but this really gives the Leafs an opportunity to get their offense going and take this game. Splitting up Chara and Seidenberg makes it easier on guys like Kessel, JVR and Lupul who are constantly being covered by the B’s defense. Should be a great game.

  2. odj810 - May 12, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    I don’t get boston’s infatuation with the L R defense pair. As long as the D man can Pivot to either side its not an issue. Put redden and hamilton both in the lineup. Keep Z together with Siedenberg

    • pepper2011 - May 12, 2013 at 4:18 PM

      They have been one of the better defensive teams in the league for a few years now. Claude is weird, but it seems to work.

  3. bigbadbruins77 - May 12, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    I agree! And if I see Johnson over dougie I’m going to flip!! Johnson was awful this year.

  4. nhstateline - May 12, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    I’d rather see Johnson than Hamilton. Hamilton’s said to be exhausted and has a lot of years ahead of him. It’s important to build his confidence by putting him in situations that he can succeed in. Game 6 of the playoffs in a jacked up ACC at the end of a year in which he has played a ton of hockey at a couple of levels probably isn’t one of those and I’d rather they not do anything that makes this kid doubt for one second he’s going to be great because he is. Bartkowski’s going to be in the regular D pairs next season anyway so having him play isn’t a huge thing. Plus, how many minutes are we talking here ? 10 in a 60 minute game ?

    • odj810 - May 12, 2013 at 3:56 PM

      absolutely you are talking about 10 minutes. Hamilton gives you a whole hell of alot more in his 10 minutes then AJ will. All you can hope for is AJ to not be so terrible he hurts the team. Hamilton can impact the game with his abilities. I like Bartkowski but he was sub par in his 1 playoff game with the big club. You dress your best 6 d man.

  5. nhstateline - May 12, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    Hamilton has a lot of potential and is going to be a star. He’s also 19 years old, tired and, if put into this game, being asked to play against guys who are much bigger and stronger. Taking the long view about his development is the right thing. Johnson’s been at this for a long time and is stronger and physically more mature. Plus in the event he does hurt the team,he won’t be here next year anyway so who cares ? It’ll be his problem to solve. Too bad they might have to play monday. Otherwise, Chara could have just played the extra ten.

    • odj810 - May 12, 2013 at 4:17 PM

      You have brought hamilton slowly along. Bartowski has played more games than hamilton. you play hamilton. I agree he needs to add strength to his frame. I also think it has more to do with body position and less to do about his size. I predict redden and hamilton to be in the lineup. I also predict the bruins dominate the game tonight. 4-1 5-2. hamilton’s ability to help the breakout is to valuable to pass up.

      • 8man - May 12, 2013 at 7:15 PM

        Hope you are right. Another opportunity for the Spokes to close it out and get a little rest waiting for either the Caps or Blue Shirts. Well if the Blue Shirts win, then it really is waiting.

        That would be cool. Another O6 opponent. Then again, the Leafs are thinking the same thing.

  6. 8man - May 12, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    Next man…err..skater up! Go Bs!

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