Marchand, Thonrton, Paille all game-time decisions

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Marchand, Thonrton, Paille all game-time decisions

BUFFALO Claude Julien said that Shawn Thornton (concussion), Daniel Paille (eye) and Brad Marchand (shoulder) are all game-time decisions for the Bruins in their Sunday night tilt versus the Buffalo Sabres. Its the exact same boat they would have been in Saturday night if theyd played the home game against the Tampa Bay Lightning that was ultimately postponed due to a blizzard.

Thornton, Paille and Marchand will all suit up for pregame warm-up at the First Niagara Center on Sunday night. It appeared that both Paille and Thornton would be in the lineup based on line rushes at morning skate.

Theyre all game-time decisions. Thats what I told them all: to be ready, said Julien. We have to look at things here. I just talked to the trainer and were going to put some guys on the ice for warm-ups. Then itll be up to me if I want to go forward with certain guys or not.

Both the fourth-line wingers were in their customary spots skating with Gregory Campbell as the Merlot Line. Thornton and Paille have both missed two games since each player was injured in a tumultuous home loss to the Sabres almost two weeks ago, and its clear both players would like to jump back into the lineup for an important divisional game.

They dont even know who is starting, said Julien. I told them to both be ready.

Marchand didnt take part in the line rush drills on Sunday morning as Rich Peverley was skating in his second line left wing spot alongside Patrice Bergeron and Nathan Horton.

Interestingly enough Anton Khudobin was the first Bruins goalie off the ice at the First Niagara Center on Sunday morning which usually denotes that nights start for Claude Julien, but the Bruins coach said hed told both goaltenders to be ready to start against Buffalo on Sunday night.

Khudobin has played in only one game in the first three weeks of the season, and likely would have been the starter tonight if Tuukka Rask had played against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday.

Wednesday, June 29: B's not in Stamkos sweepstakes?

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Wednesday, June 29: B's not in Stamkos sweepstakes?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while laughing out loud at the mental image of Bill Lee rolling joints for Peter Gammons.

-- Dion Phaneuf says he’ll be at the Stanley Cup Day for Phil Kessel even though he’s still waiting for his own playoff glory.

-- Former NHL player Bryan Berard, who was defrauded out of much of his hockey earnings by his former financial advisors, is speaking out so other players don't make the same mistake.

-- Bob McKenzie appears on Vancouver radio and never mentions the Bruins as one of the teams that might be in the running for Steven Stamkos.

-- FOH (Friend of Haggs) James Mirtle sits down with Brendan Shanahan to discuss Shanahan's plan to fix the Maple Leafs.

-- In the interest of self-promotion, here’s my hit with Toucher and Rich this morning about a possible Bruins' offer sheet for Jacob Trouba.

-- Player agent Allan Walsh thinks that the interview period prior to July 1 is a terrible thing.

-- The Florida Panthers hire Roberto Luongo’s younger brother Leo to be their AHL team’s goalie coach.

-- Kudos to the NHL and their Hockey is for Everyone campaign for bringing the beautiful game of hockey to inner-city youth.

-- You may need Google Translate for this, but it looks like Dale Weise has played his last game for the Montreal Canadiens.

-- For something completely different: As mentioned above, this Bill Lee interview with Toucher and Rich is a phantasmagorical experience.