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BOSTON-- According to a tweet from Joe Haggerty of Comcast SportsNet New England, Bruins defenseman Wade Redden will not play in tonight’s game against the Maple Leafs. Haggerty tweeted the following earlier today.
Claude said between Dougie Hamilton & Matt Bartkowski to fill in for Redden (day-to-day). Would be shocked if its not Bartkowski #BruinsTalk.
Redden has played in all four of Boston’s postseason games thus far, notching a goal and an assist for two points. Acquired on April 3, the former Ottawa Senator appeared in six regular-season games for the Black and Gold, notching a goal and an assist for two points. In addition, he took five total shots during those six games.
Since being drafted first overall by the New York Islanders in 1995, Redden has had plenty of playoff opportunities. He went to the playoffs with the Senators ten times and with the New York Rangers once. His absence tonight means that Boston loses that veteran experience on the ice. However, the core group of the 2011 Stanley Cup run will take the ice tonight, and in turn possibly compensate for the absence of Redden.
It will be interesting to see which player will step up tonight and provide the lift needed to secure a victory. If there is one thing the Bruins know how to do, it is how to handle pressure smoothly and not get panicked when the odds are against them. That is what they will have to do tonight with Redden on the bench.