It appears the Boston Bruins will have to go without their three injured defensemen in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the New York Rangers on Thursday.

Andrew Ference (lower body), Dennis Seidenberg (lower body) and Wade Redden (undisclosed) all are not taking part in the morning skate at TD Garden.

Rookies Matt Bartkowski, Dougie Hamilton and Torrey Krug all are on the ice and paired with a veteran -- Hamilton is with Zdeno Chara, Bartkowski is with Johnny Boychuk and Krug is with Adam McQuaid.