The Bruins might want to invest on a shuttle moving back and forth between Western Canada and Boston. The Bruins sent another player back to Boston to be evaluated medically in Daniel Paille with an upper body injury after he missed Tuesday night’s game in Calgary.
The fourth line winger played Sunday night against the Maple Leafs and practiced on Monday in Calgary, but hasn’t been on the ice since Tuesday’s morning skate at the Scotiabank Saddledome. He was missing again from the practice ice in Edmonton on Wednesday morning.
The Paille injury leaves the Bruins without Adam McQuaid, Dougie Hamilton, Chris Kelly, Loui Eriksson and Shawn Thornton, and with starting goaltender Tuukka Rask feeling the effect of the flu moving quickly through the Bruins dressing room.
Julien said that Chad Johnson was actually supposed to get the start in his hometown of Calgary on Tuesday night, but was too ill from the flu to man the net. That leaves the identity of the starter Thursday night vs. the Oilers very much in question, but there’s no question Paille will be out for at least a few more games.
“Paille has gone back home to Boston and won’t play again on this trip,” said Claude Julien to reporters in Edmonton. “He’s been sent back to get evaluated by the doctors. We’ll just need to keep finding ways to win.
“Sometimes the experience of our team and the guys that we have healthy certainly helps. But we know that we can be better. Sometimes you have to honest with the standings and the assessment of where we are as a team, and those two things aren’t the same. We’re happy to be where we are, but we know that we should be better.”
It’s not getting any easier for a Bruins team beset by injuries and illness thousands of miles from home.