The issue doesn’t quite seem as dire as it did when the series against the New York Rangers began, but the Bruins blue line slowly is getting healthy.

Wade Redden (upper body) participated fully in yesterday’s practice at the Garden, while Dennis Seidenberg (lower body) skated for a half-hour before the workout with strength coach John Whitesides and then stuck around for practice as well, though he did not take contact. Both defensemen traveled with the team to New York, and coach Claude Julien said a decision on their availability for tonight’s Game 3 will be made today.

Andrew Ference, who has been seen in a walking boot, still has not skated, and it doesn’t seem like he’ll be back any time soon.

Seidenberg was not available to reporters yesterday, but Redden said he’s getting better.

“It’s day-to-day still,” the veteran said. “I still have to talk to everyone here, but it’s progressing. It’s been coming every day, so that’s a positive.”

When Seidenberg returns, it would make sense for the Bruins to put him back with captain Zdeno Chara and take rookie Dougie Hamilton out of the lineup.

It will be more difficult, however, to get Redden back in the regular rotation. Rookie Torey Krug, who has been skating with Redden’s most recent partner, Adam McQuaid, has given the Bruins a different dimension on the back end. He scored goals in each of the first two games and made an impressive rush up the ice from behind his own net after his options on the walls were taken away. Matt Bartkowski, meanwhile, has played at least 20 minutes in all three of his playoff appearances.