WILMINGTON -- The Bruins got another healthy body back for practice on Sunday when Daniel Paille joined his teammates on the ice at Ristuccia Arena, and skated in the spot of Brad Marchand alongside Patrice Bergeron and Reilly Smith. Marchand was given a maintenance day off the ice after taking a beating Saturday night against the Sabres, and appearing to tweak something in his right leg on a collision with Christian Ehrhoff.
Paille has been sidelined by post-concussion symptoms for nearly two weeks, and said a sore neck began to worsen into headaches and concussion symptoms. That’s when the fourth line left winger was put on the shelf, but he couldn’t pinpoint any one hit that was the cause of his issues.
The symptoms cleared up after four or five days off the ice, and Sunday’s practice was his third straight day skating without any problems.
“I had a couple of days in Toronto where I was getting some headaches, and I thought it was just the flu,” said Paille. “I let it go, but as soon as we practiced in Calgary, I didn’t feel well. They sent me back home to get further evaluated. I was diagnosed, probably, with a light concussion.
“I wouldn’t say it was one hit. For a while we were working on my neck, and then after awhile it was hit after hit after hit. I was having a little bit of a hard time moving my neck around. I had been diagnosed with two concussions, but it was always quick and easy before this. I’d never really had a lot of symptoms. I guess, technically, this was my first one, and you realize what guys go through in those situations.”
Paille won’t be traveling with the team to Nashville for Monday night’s game against the Predators, and he will get a few extra days off with no practice on both the days before Christmas and after the holiday. The game against the Predators will be the seventh game missed for Paille due to the post-concussion symptoms.
Here are the line combos and D-pairings based on Sunday’s practice: