Wideman, Axelsson moving closer to return

Wideman

Wideman

WILMINGTON, Mass. — Having missed the last two games with an undisclosed injury, Boston Bruins defenseman Dennis Wideman is looking forward to shaking the rust off in at least one of the Bruins’ last two regular-season contests this weekend.

Both Wideman and P.J. Axelsson, who has also missed the last two games, were part of a small band of Bruins that hit the ice for a light practice and then a hearty skate at Ristuccia Arena this morning.

“The next two games I need to get the timing back and get going,” said Wideman as he caught his breath after the workout. “I basically took four or five days off there. So it takes a bit to get going. You’re used to being on the ice every day and then just to sit for four days, you get pretty rusty pretty quick.”

Last season, Wideman played most of the second half of the season with a severe groin injury. When the playoff rolled around, he had to miss Game 2. The Bruins’ comfortable position in the standings has afforded the Bruins the luxury of taking it easy on some of their banged-up players in hopes that an absence from a playoff game won’t be necessary.

“I think we were probably extra cautious with it being in the situation that we were in,” said Wideman. “If we were in a place where we were fighting for the eighth place in the playoffs or something like that, I probably would’ve been playing. I think we were just making sure I was 100 percent before I get back out there.”

Axelsson said he came through today’s session fine. But he’ll be a gameday decision tomorrow in Buffalo. All the Bruins are making the trip, except for Andrew Ference (undisclosed) and Patrice Bergeron (foot). Bergeron is day-to-day.

Winger Mikko Lehtonen was recalled from Providence (AHL) on an emergency basis and will probably make his NHL debut this weekend.

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