Seidenberg at morning skate

BOSTON – Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg, who missed Wednesday’s game with a lower-body injury, participated in the team’s morning skate on Friday and will be a game-time decision tonight versus the New York Islanders, coach Claude Julien said.

“I can tell you I’m more optimistic than pessimistic,” Julien said. “We want to make sure he’s ready to go.”

Seidenberg showed no ill effects during the brief skate.

“I feel good,” he said. “I’ll go on the ice tonight [during warm-ups] and then they’ll make a decision whether I’m going to play or not.”

After a 4-3 overtime loss to the New York Rangers on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden, the Bruins didn't practice on Thursday as they prepare to host the Islanders tonight at TD Garden.

“A day off always helps when you have a nagging injury,” Seidenberg said. “It definitely helped. For everybody, too, it was good to have a day off the ice and recover.”

Given the condensed schedule, the Bruins are prepared to deal with injuries. Seidenberg was one of 12 Bruins who played overseas during the lockout, and when he returned to Boston, he was completely healthy. His current (undisclosed) injury could not be avoided, he said.

“Something like that can happen to a guy who’s in the best shape of his life, so it’s nothing I could have prevented,” he said. “I just have to deal with it and try to get back.”