Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien indicated today that Wade Redden will not play tonight in Game 5 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Julien stated that Redden is dealing with an undisclosed injury and the team has called up Matt Bartkowski. Although Bartkowski did skate with Adam McQuaid at practice today, the Bruins could turn to Dougie Hamilton as well. Redden is listed as day-to-day.
From the Leafs’ perspective, they will be missing Mark Fraser who suffered a facial fracture after being hit with a Milan Lucic shot in Game 4. Fraser underwent surgery to correct the damage. John-Michael Liles is expected to dress in his place on Friday night.
Toronto will need a strong effort in hopes of forcing a Game 6 back home on Sunday. Turnovers and mental mistakes doomed the team in three of the four games this series. The Leafs will attempt to take advantage of the loss of playoff experience Redden brings to the lineup, and put pressure on whoever Boston suits up to take his place.