MONTREAL -- The Bruins held an optional skate on Wednesday morning at the Bell Centre prior to the divisional showdown taking place later tonight on Montreal home ice, and a few Boston players were absent.
Tuukka Rask, David Krejci, Jarome Iginla, Carl Soderberg and Loui Eriksson all took the option and stayed off the ice. In an excellent sign of good progress, Daniel Paille was out skating with his teammates on Wednesday morning despite having been diagnosed with a “mild concussion.” It was a no contact situation for the fourth line left winger, but it was still good to see him out on the ice so quickly after absorbing the hit from Florida defenseman Ed Jovanovski last weekend.
“We felt it was a really minor concussion, but protocol is what it is. You have to respect that,” said Julien. “Right now he’s going through the stages, and he’s doing well. Today he skated without contact, and hopefully we move on to the next level by tomorrow.”
Paille is obviously still out for tonight’s game against the Canadiens, and doesn’t appear to be an option for Thursday night’s home game against Phoenix Coyotes without a chance for the fourth line winger to practice with contact between now and then.
Jordan Caron will skate in Paille’s place on Wednesday night, and fill in for his role as a key penalty killer on Boston’s special teams.
Paille has already missed seven games back in December and January with post-concussion symptoms.
Here are the line combos and D-pairings based on morning skate with Tuukka Rask expected to start against the Canadiens: