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Bruins’ Seidenberg sits out tonight’s Rangers game

Tim Thomas, Dennis Seidenberg

Boston Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg (44) dives to help Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas (30) defend the goal in the second period against the Vancouver Canucks during Game 7 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Wednesday, June 15, 2011, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)


The Boston Bruins must face the New York Rangers without key defenseman Dennis Seidenberg in Wednesday’s Rivalry Week match on NBC Sports Network, according to’s Joe Haggerty.

“The Pain Sponge” is suffering from a lower-body injury. He didn’t divulge the details to Haggerty when asked earlier today:

“I’m a game-time decision,” Seidenberg said. “Top secret stuff. It’s not a big issue at all, but you don’t want it to turn into something that could become a two-week thing in such a short season.”

The 31-year-old German often gets overshadowed - one almost imagines literally - by Zdeno Chara, but the numbers indicate that he’s a crucial defenseman for Boston. He’s averaged right around 24 minutes per night the last couple seasons, regularly only less than the 35-year-old Czech’s time on ice.

On the bright side, Seidenberg said it shouldn’t be too serious, but he’s being confidential enough that it’s unclear if that means more games missed after tonight. (The other bright side: Brad Marchand is playing.)

You can check out how the Bruins fare in his absence as the game’s about to kick off as of this writing.

If you want to know why he’s called “The Pain Sponge,” observe this quick gallery of him absorbing punishment and/or laying on the ice:

Ovi Seidenberg
Dennis Seidenberg, Ryan Kesler

Boston Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg (44) and Vancouver Canucks center Ryan Kesler (17) fight in the third period during Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Monday, June 6, 2011, in Boston. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)


(via AP)

Christian Ehrhoff, Dennis Seidenberg

Vancouver Canucks defenseman Christian Ehrhoff (5) falls over Boston Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg (44) in the first period during Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup finals, Wednesday, June 8, 2011, in Boston. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)


(Also via AP)

Simon Gagne, Ryan Malone, Dennis Seidenberg

Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Simon Gagne, right, and left wing Ryan Malone, left, clear out of the way as Boston Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg is upended during the third period of Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference final playoff series, Tuesday, May 17, 2011, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)


(It’s believed those are his legs, via Getty)



Before you feel too bad about him, there’s also this photo via Getty: